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un-fǽle

  • adjective
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un-fǽle, adj.
Evil, ill, bad
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  • Unfǽle (printed -sǽle), gemáh

    improbus,

      Wrt. Voc. ii. 45, 16.
applied to living objects
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  • Hí wéndon ðæt hit unfǽle gást (phantasma) wǽre, Mk. Skt. 6, 49. Satiri vel fauni vel selini vel

    fauni ficarii

    unfǽle men, wudewásan, unfǽle wihtu,
      Wrt. Voc, i. 17, 20.
  • Unfǽle men satyri vel fauni, wudewásan ficarii vel

    invii,

      60, 23-4.
    [Gif þe unfele man his wille folgeð, and teð him to unwrenches, O. E. Homl. ii. 79, 27.
  • Þe laþe gast cwelleþþ hemm þurrh his unnfæle þeowwess,

      Orm. 8034.
  • Iðisse wildernesse beoð monie vuele bestes (unfeale bestes monie,

      MS. T.), A. R. 198, 2.
  • Ȝef heo is atbroide þenne heo is unfele and forbrode,

      O. and N. 1381.
    ]
applied to inanimate objects
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  • Ofet unfǽle (

    the forbidden fruit

    ),
      Cd. Th. 45, 7; Gen. 723.
  • Unfǽle dira (the passage is:

    dira vinculorum ligamina,

      Ald. 44), Anglia xiii. 34, 178.
Etymology
[Þat water is unfæle, Laym. 22018. Þat land is grislich and unfele, þe men beoþ wilde and unisele, O. and N. 1003. Þe stude (hell) is swiþe unvele (rimes with hele = heal), Misc. 73, 45. Cf. A seolcuð mere ... mid uniuele þingen, Laym. 21744.]
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  • un-fǽle, adj.