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[uh-nent] /əˈnɛnt/
in regard to; about; concerning.
British. beside; in line with.
Origin of anent
before 900; Middle English variant (with excrescent -t; see ancient1) of anen, Old English on emn, on efen on even1 (ground), with, beside Unabridged
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  • Gleason once discovered, anent the club-room, that she had a temper.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
  • anent the Irish bull, we may quote an Irishman's answer when asked to define a bull.

  • I wad be blithe to hear what ye had to say anent it—gin it was ay, ye ken.'

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • anent the church at Hyssington there is a curious tradition.

    Nooks and Corners of Shropshire H. Thornhill Timmins
  • What were you saying, Jamie, anent an outcast wi your uncle?

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  • Nae doot, its anent the law-plea he has been brought into, on account of his property.

    The Entail

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  • anent the stirring of curds, use the hands as little as possible.

    Hints on Dairying T. D. Curtis
  • She told her mother that Cluny was coming to see her anent their marriage.

    Christine Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • I have writ you anent her visit, as I make no doubt you remember.

    Peggy Owen and Liberty Lucy Foster Madison
  • “I think naught will be said anent the subject,” he replied.

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British Dictionary definitions for anent


preposition (Scot)
lying against; alongside
concerning; about
Word Origin
Old English on efen, literally: on even (ground)
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Word Origin and History for anent

"concerning, about," early 13c., onont "on level with," also "in the company of, fronting against," from Old English on efn "near to, close by," originally "on even (ground) with;" the parasitic -t added 12c. A northern form (in Midlands, anenst, with adverbial genitive), affected by English writers in Scottish sense of "in respect or reference to." Cf. German neben "near to, by the side of," short for in eben, from Old High German ebani "equality."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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