ge-sceaft
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Neuter
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ge-sceaft
-scæft, -sceft, e; f: es; n. I. the creation, a created being or thing, creature, an element; creātio, creātūra, plasma, ĕlĕmentum Eall ðeós mǽre gesceaft all this great creation, Rood Kmbl. 24; Kr. 12: 162; Kr. 82: Salm. Kmbl. 60; Sal. 30. Gesceaft plasma, Ælfc. Gr. 9, 1; Som. 8, 22. Fram fruman gesceafte ab inĭtio creātūræ, Mk. Bos. 10, 6: Cd. 9; Th. 11, 7; Gen. 171. On ðisse lǽnan gesceafte in this perishable creation, Salm. Kmbl. 653; Sal. 326: 737; Sal. 368. Þurh ða ilcan gesceaft through the same creature, Elen. Kmbl. 365; El. 183: 2061; El. 1032. Ða wiðerweardan gesceafta betwux him winnaþ contrary creatures strive with each other, Bt. 21; Fox 74, 13: Exon. 68 a; Th. 253, 21; Jul. 183. Ealle gesceafte forhte geweorþaþ all creatures shall tremble, Andr. Kmbl. 2997; An. 1501: Cd. 191; Th. 239, 11; Dan. 368: Bt. Met. Fox 11, 16; Met. 11, 8. Hí wuldriaþ æðelne ordfruman ealra gesceafta they glorify the noble origin of all creatures, 13 b; Th. 25, 18; Cri. 402: 21 b; Th. 57, 29; Cri. 926: Andr. Kmbl. 652; An. 326: Elen. Kmbl. 1785; El. 894: Bt. 21; Fox 72, 29. Eallum his gesceaftum to all his creatures, 21; Fox 74, 2, 21: Salm. Kmbl. 672; Sal. 335. He gemetgaþ ða feówer gesceafta he regulates the four elements, Bt. 39, 8; Fox 224, 8: 33, 4; Fox 128, 29: Boutr. Scrd. 18, 20: 30, 7. Ofer ealle gesceafte over all creatures, Exon. 28 a; Th. 84, 33; Cri. 1388: 43 b; Th. 147, 25; Gú. 732. Biþ ðæt gesceaft swíðe nearu geþuht the creation will appear very narrow, Homl. Th. ii. 186, 7. He awende ðæt gesceaft he changed the creature, ii. 72, 10: i. 276, 8, 10, 14, 15, 20. Ða gescæfta tácnedon ðæt he wæs sóþ god created things shewed that he was very God, Shrn. 67, 16. Bodigaþ élce gescæfte prædicate omni creaturæ, Mk. Skt. Rush. 16, 15: Rtl. 97, 12. Giscæf[t] sexus, 51, 7. Ðú ðe gimetgaþ gescæfta wrixla qui temperas rerum vices, 164, 12. II. a decree, destiny, fate, condition; destĭnāta, sors, fātum, condĭtio Ðæt is eald gesceaft that is the ancient fate, Salm. Kmbl. 772; Sal. 385. Nǽni eft cymeþ hider, ðe mannum secge hwylc sý Meotodes gesceaft no one returns hither who may reveal to men what is the condition of the Creator, Menol. Fox 592; Gn. C. 65. In gesceaft Godes by God's decree, Exon. 93 b; Th. 351, 3; Sch. 74. He sægde him wereda gesceafte he told him the fates of peoples, Cd. 180; Th. 225, 27; Dan. 160. [Goth. ga-skafts creation, creature: O. Sax. gi-skefti decree of fate: O. H. Ger. ga-skaft creatura, elementum, habitus, fatum.] DER. ealdor-gesceaft, eorþ-, forþ-, hand-, heáh-, land-, líf-, mǽl-, metod-, woruld-.
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