earm-sceapen
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earm-sceapen
Substitute: Miserable, wretched. 1. suffering misfortune, hardship, &c. Gewát þá earmsceapen (Nebuchadnezzar ) eft síðian, nacod nýdgenga, wundorlic wræcca tó mancynne, Dan. 632. Ne mihte earmsceapen (the youth about to be eaten by the cannibals ) áre findan æt þám folce, An. 1131. 2. in a moral sense Saga, earmsceapen unclǽne gǽst, Jul. 418: An. 1347. Earmsceapen on weres wæstmum (Grendel ), B. 1351. Se earmsceapena man, Antecríst, Wlfst. 54, 16. Se sylfa deófol . . . wyrð on þám earmsceapenan men, Antecríste, ICI, 7. Þis atule gewrixl earmsceape (-sceapene? cf. the same passage in Wlfst. 138, 30: Þá earmsceapenan men) men on worulda woruld wendað his miseris vicibus miseri volvuntur in aevum, Dóm. L. 196. Mǽrðe þára háligra, earmsceapenra wítu gaudia sanctorum, poenas malorum, 23. Ðá micelan wíta þe þǽr beóð þám earmsceapenan for heora ǽrdǽdum gegearwode, Wlfst. 137, 1. [O. Sax. arm-skapan unhappy, unfortunate. Cf. Icel. arm-skapaðr miserable.]
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