heán
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Adjective
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heán
adj. Low, mean, abject, poor, humbled, humble Hiora heorte wæs heán on gewinnum humiliatum est in laboribus cor eorum, Ps. Th. 106, 11. Ic heán gewearþ hé mé hraðe lýsde humiliatus sum et liberavit me, 114, 6. Nánig eft síðade heán hyhta leás none returned cast down and hopeless, Exon. 46 a; Th. 157, 25; Gú. 897. Ðá ðú heán and earm ǽrest cwóme when abject and poor thou first didst come, 39 a; Th. 129, 23; Gú. 425. Démaþ ðam rícan swá ðam heánan and ðam litlan swá ðam miclan judge the high as the low, and the little as the great, Deut. 1, 17: Homl. Th. i. 64, 30. Hú uncúþ biþ ǽghwylcum ánum men his lífes tíd ǽghweðer ge rícum ge heánum ge geongum ge ealdum how unknown to every single man is the period of his life, both to the rich man and to the poor, to the young and to the old, Blickl. Homl. 125, 8. Habbaþ mé gehnǽged heánne tó eorþan humiliavit in terra vitam meam, Ps. Th. 142, 3. Ǽgðer ge welige ge heáne simul in unum dives et pauper, 48, 2. Swá ríce swá heáne vel divites vel pauperes, Bd. 3, 5; S. 526, 30. Se scearpa deáþ ðe ne forlét ne ríce menn ne heáne se hine genam stern death who spares neither rich men nor poor, that seized him, Chr. 1086; Erl. 220, 35. Hí hí sylfe léton ǽgðer ge for heáne ge for unwrǽste ultima propemodum desperatione tabuerunt, Ors. 3, 1; Swt. 98, 22. Hí taliaþ ðé wyrsan for heánan gebyrdan ða ðe heora yldran on worolde ne wurdan welige they account the worse, for their humble birth, those whose forefathers were not rich in a worldly point of view, L. Eth. vii. 21; Th. i. 334, 2. Ne wandige hé ná for rícum ne for heánum non vereri potentes neque humiles, L. Ecg. P. i. 1; Th. ii. 172, 3. Heánra burhwered vulgus vel plebs, Ælfc. Gl. 8; Som. 56, 82; Wrt. Voc. 18, 37. Heánra man vel ceorlíc ǽhta peculium, 13; Som. 57, 122; Wrt. Voc. 22, 59. Se heánra hád the weaker sex, Exon. 9 a; Th. 7, 10; Cri. 99. Ne se heárra derige ðam heánran nor let the higher injure the lower, L. I. P. 7; Th. ii. 314, 1. Ðeáh hit se læsta wǽre and se heánosta though it were the least and the lowest, Blickl. Homl. 169, 23. [Laym. hæne, hene: Goth. hauns: O. H. Ger. hón humilis, infamis.]
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