frum-sceaft
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Masculine, Feminine
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frum-sceaft
e; f. Substitute: es; m. (where the gender is marked it is masculine. Cf. too þone fruman sceaft (v. frum), geó-sceaft grimne), and add: 1. a first shaping, birth Þé wǽre sélre . . . þǽr þú wurde ǽt frymþe (frumsceafte, v. l.) fugel . . . þonne þú ǽfre on moldan man gewurde it had been better for thee . . . if thou hadst been born a bird . . . than that thou shouldst have been ever a man on earth, Seel. 79. Þá þe hine æt frumsceafte forð onsendon ǽnne ofer ýðe umbor wesende, B. 45. (1 a) the first shaping of the world, the creation :-- Tunglu him healdad betwuh sibbe . . . swá hí gewenede wuldres ealdor æt frumsceafte (cf. þá ealdan sibbe ðe hí on gesceapne wǽron, Bt. 39, 13; F. 232, 26), Met. 29, 7: Rä. 4, 14: An. 798. Seó forme bóc, Genesis, beféhð þás racu fram frumsceafte, Ælfc. T. Grn. 3, 19. 2. origin Eálá gé eorþlican men, hwæt gé þeáh magon hwæthwego ongitan swelce eów mǽte be eówrum frumsceafte, is God vos o terrena animalia, tenui licet imagine, vestrum tamen principium somniatis, Bt. 26, 1; F. 90, 4. 3. original constitution or condition Clǽne wæs þeós eorðe on hyre frumsceafte, ac wé hí habbað syððan áfýlede, Wlfst. 92, 4. Geworhte hé týn engla werod . . . on micelre fægernisse, fela þúsenda, on þám frumsceafta þæt hí . . . hine wurðedon ealle líchamleáse, leóhte and strange, búton synnum on gesǽlðe libbende, swá wlitiges gecindes swá wé secgan ne magon, Ælfc. T. Grn. 2, 25. [v. N. E. D. frumschaft.]
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