mǽre
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Wordclass: Adjective
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mǽre
adj. Great, excellent, distinguished, illustrious, sublime, splendid, celebrated, famous, widely known (of persons or things) Mære clarus, insignis, nobilis, perspicuus, Wrt. Voc. ii. 131, 66: inclytus, 46, 10, 11. Mere weard percrebuit, Ep. Gl. 18b, 10. Mǽre celeber, Ælfc. Gr. 9, 18; Zup. 44, 10. Mǽrne celebre, Hpt. Gl. 525, 45. Beorht ł mǽre præclara, splendida, 436, 43. Mǽr[re] illustrius, 460, 25. I. (of persons and a. in a good sense) Dryhten ys mǽre God and mihtig Dominus est deus magnus et potens. Deut. 10, 17. Ðú eart mǽre God, and Jacobes God se mǽra, Ps. Th. 83, 8 : 103, 23. God mǽre (excelsus) álýsend heora is. Ps. Spl. 77, 39. Freá ælmihtig, mǽre þeóden, Cd. 40; Th. 52, 34; Gen. 853. Se mǽra Fæder (God ), L. Ælfc. C. 3; Th. ii. 344, 4. Hé byþ mǽre beforan Drihtne erit magnus coram domino. Lk. Skt. 1. 15: 32. Ðeáh he on ðam lande seó mǽre ðonne biþ hé on óðrum unmǽre though he be famous in one country, he is not in another, Bt. 30, 1; Fox 108, 15. Wæs hé (St. Martin ) swíðe mǽre geond middangeard, Blickl. Homl. 221, 1. Mǽru cwén the illustrious queen (Wealhtheow), Beo. Th. 4037; B. 2016. Sunu se ðe biþ góde mǽre a son (Isaac) who shall be great in goodness, Cd. 100; Th. 133, 24; Gen. 2198: Beo. Th. 3909; B. 1952. Mihtum mǽre great in power, Elen. Kmbl. 679; El. 340. Marian mǽrre meówlan. of Mary, maiden illustrious, Exon. 14 a; Th. 28, 13; Cri. 446. Smeágende cwidas and dǽda ðara mǽrena (illustrium) wera úre þeóde, Bd. pref.; S. 471, 13. Ðes ys mǽrra (major) ðonne ðæt templ, Mt. Kmbl. 12, 6. Nis betwux wífa bearnum nán mǽrra wítega ðonne Johannes, Lk. Skt. 7, 28. Nán man ne biþ for óðres góde nó ðý mǽrra ne nó ðý geheredra splendidum te aliena claritudo non efficit. Bt. 30, 1; Fox 108, 27. David wæs hearpera mǽrost, Ps. C. 50; Ps. Grn. ii. 276, 4. Ðás mán*-*fullan men wǽron getealde for ða mǽrostan godas, Wulfst. 106, 17. b. in a bad sense, notorious, distinguished by evil deeds; insignis Hæfdum énne gebundenne mǽrne (mérne. Lind.) monn se wæs háten Barrabas (cf. O. Sax. mári meginthiof) habebat vinctum insignem qui dicebatur Barabbas, Mt. Kmbl. Rush. 27, 16. Grendel, mǽre mearc-stapa, Beo. Th. 206; B. 103: 1528; B. 762 (?). II. (of things) Sum deófolgild ðe mid ðǽm hǽðenum mannum swíðe weorþ and mǽre wæs a certain idol that was held in high honour and esteem among the heathens, Blickl. Homl. 221, 7. Swíðe mǽre burh se is háten Sepontus a very famous town which is called Sepontus, 197, 20. On ðam mǽran (inlustri) túne, se is nemned æt Walle, Bd. 3, 21; S. 551, 11: Cd. 205; Th. 254, 10; Dan. 609. Tó ðære mǽran byrig (the heavenly Jerusalem), 227; Th. 304, 4; Sat. 624. Tempel heáhst and háligost, hæleþum gefrǽgost, mǽst and mǽrost (Solomon's temple), 162; Th. 202, 28; Exod. 395. Ðæt wæs ðæt mǽreste hús ðe on eorþan geworht wurde that (the temple) was the most splendid house that was built in the world. Wulfst. 278, 1. Mǽre wurdon his wundra geweorc wíde and síde far and wide spread the fame of the wonders he wrought. Exon. 45 b; Th. 155, l; Gú. 853. Eall ðeós mǽre gesceaft the universe. Rood Kmbl. 24; Kr. 12. Mǽre wundur mirabilia, Ps. Th. 106, 30: 110, 3. Sunne mǽre tungol the sun, resplendent star. Chr. 937; Erl. 112, 14; Æðelst. 14. Mǽrost tungla, Exon. 57 b; Th. 205, 28; Ph. 119. In dege mérum in die insigni, Ps. Surt. 80, 4. Ðone mǽron symbeldæg Drihtnes upstige, Blickl. Homl. 131, 10: Cd. 8; Th. 10, II; Gen. 155. Seó mǽre tiid (Easter), Menol. Fox 114; Men. 57. Se mǽra dæg the great and terrible day of the Lord, Exon. 23 b; Th. 65, 16; Cri. 1055. Ðæt is mǽre spell no common tale is that, Cd. 119; Th. 155, 2; Gen. 2566: Elen. Kmbl. 1936; El. 970. Æfter ðisse dǽde his noma wæs weorþ and mǽre geworden after this deed his name became honoured and famous, Blickl. Homl. 219, 4-: Exon. 1073; Th. 409, 11; Rä. 27, 27. Is wuldur ðín wíde and síde ofer ðás eorþan ealle mǽre in omnem terram gloria tua. Ps. Th. 56, 6. Se mǽresta hlísa fama celeberrima, Bd. 3, 13: S. 538, 37. Ðæt is mǽro wyrd that is a tremendous event (the deluge), Cd. 69; Th. 84, 18; Gen. 1399. Ðín mægen is swá mǽre, swá ðæt ǽnig ne wát eorþbúende ða deópnesse Drihtnes mihta, Hy. 3, 31; Hy. Grn. ii. 282, 31. (In a bad sense) Caudenes Furcules seó stów gewearþ swíðe mǽre for Rómána bismere Caudinas furculas satis celebres et famosas Romanorum fecit infamia, Ors. 3, 8; Swt. 120, 21. [Cf. Goth. waila-mérs of good report; wailaméreins good report: O. Sax. mári: Icel. mærr: O. H. Ger. mári memorabilis, famosus, illustris, insignis, clarus.] v. efen-, folc-, fore-, forþ-, freá-, frǽ-, heaðo-, un-, wíd-mǽre.
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