séfte
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Adjective
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séfte
adj. Soft Delicatus, i. tenerus, querulus, amoenus unbrocheard vel séfta, Wrt. Voc. ii. 139, 40. I. of persons, gentle, mild, not stern Drihten is swýðe séfte suavis est Dominus, Ps. Th. 33, 8. Weorð úrum synnum séfte and milde propitius esto peccatis nostris, 78, 9. II. of medicine, mild, not strong Ðæt is, for hwí se góda lǽce selle ðam hálum men séftne drenc and swétne, and óðrum hálum biterne and strangne, Bt. 39, 9 ; Fox 226, 11. III. of rest, sleep, undisturbed, untroubled Ðú eart seó séfte ræst sóðfæstra, Bt. 33, 4 ; Fox 132, 34. IV. easy, comfortable, pleasant, without pain or discomfort Rád byþ on recyde rinca gehwylcum séfte, Runic pm. Kmbl. 340, 13 ; Rún. 5. Dóþ síðfæt séftne and rihtne, Ps. Th. 67, 4. Ful séfte seld, ðæt hí sǽton on, 88, 3. Hé his líchoman forwyrnde séftra setla and symbeldaga, Exon. Th. 111, 33 ; Gú. 136. Sélre mé wæs and séftre, Ps. Th. 118, 71. Ðone deáþ hé him gedéþ séftran ðonne óðrum monnum, Bt. 39, 10 ; Fox 228, 10. IVa. in a bad sense, luxurious, voluptuous, effeminate :-- Ðý ne sceolde nán wís man wilnian séftes lífes gif hé ǽnigra cræfta récþ neque enim vos in provectu positi virtutis, diffluere deliciis, et emarcescere voluptate venistis, Bt. 40, 3 ; Fox 238, 13. [O. H. Ger. semfti.] v. ge-séfte ; sófte.
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