wíg-cræft
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Masculine
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
wíg-cræft
es; m. I. war-craft, military skill Pirrus wæs gemǽrsad ofer eall óþere cyningas, ǽgðer ge mid his miclan fultume, ge mid his rǽdþeahtunge, ge mid his wígcræfte Pyrrhus in se, ob magni-tudinem virium consiliorumque, summam belli nomenque traduxit , Ors. 4, l; Swt. 154, 27. Hý him grimme forguldon ðone wígcræft ðe hý æt him geleornodon vincere, dum vincitur, edocuit , I. 2; Swt. 30, 7. Hé hæfde Higeláces hilde gefrunen, wlonces wígcræft (or II.?), Beo. Th. 5898; B. 2953. 1a. a warlike art, a warlike engine Hý wurdon geráde wígcræfta, Ors. 1. 2 ; Swt. 30, 6. Mid scotum, ge mid stána torfungum, ge mid eallum heora wígcræftum vis magna telorum , 3, 9 ; Swt. 134, 16. Wígcræftum machinis , Wrt. Voc. ii. 58, 33. II. warlike force, military power (abstract or concrete) On Thessali hé ðæt gewinn swíþost dyde for ðære gewilnunge ðe hé wolde hî him on fultum geteón for heora wígcræfte, for ðon hié cúþon on horsum ealra folca feohtan betst Thessaliam ambitione habendorum equitum Thessalo-rum, quorum robur ut exercitui suo admiscerit, invasit , Ors. 3, 7 ; Swt. 112, 3. Hé (Christ ) mihte, gif hé wolde, wígcræft habban sóna genóhne (cf. Mt. 26, 53), L. Ælfc. P. 51 ; Th. ii. 386, 34. Ðá beþóhtan hié ealle heora wígcræftas Exantipuse Xanlhippum, cum auxiliis accitum, ducem bello praefecerunt . Ors. 4, 6; Swt. 174, 30.
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