ge-ǽþan
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Verb
Verb Class: Weak
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
ge-ǽþan
I. to make oath concerning, confirm by oath Hé hit mid áðsware geǽðde and geswór, þus cweðende: ' Ic . . . geǽðe and swerige þurh þone lifigendan Godes sunu . . . þás word . . . nǽron of nánes mannes handa gehíwode, ' Nap. 27. Wé lǽrað preóst bísæce ordél ǽfre ne geǽðe (in cases where the validity of the ordeal was disputed a priest was not to swear to the validity ? The previous canon enjoins that ' ǽnig preóst ne stande on leásre gewitnesse '; in the present one the ' bísæce ordél' may be ordeals which, it was contended, had been conducted improperly (cf. Gif preóst ordál misfadige, gebéte , Ll. Th. ii. 296, 9), and to the validity of which he was not to swear (falsely)), Ll. Th. ii. 258, 4. II. to administer an oath to, swear a person, v. ge-ǽðed in Dict. [O. H. Ger. ge-eiden adjurare; ge-eidemo conjurato.]
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