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cain

[keyn] /keɪn/
noun
1.
Scot. and Irish English. rent paid in kind, especially a percentage of a farm crop.
Origin of cain
Middle English (Scots) cane < Scots Gaelic; compare Old Irish cáin statute, law, rent

Cain1

[keyn] /keɪn/
noun
1.
the first son of Adam and Eve, who murdered his brother Abel. Gen. 4.
2.
a murderer.
Idioms
3.
raise Cain, Slang.
  1. become angry or violent:
    He'll raise Cain when he finds out I lost his watch.
  2. to behave in a boisterous manner; cause a disturbance:
    The students raised Cain while the teacher was out.
Related forms
Cainism, noun
Cainitic
[key-nit-ik] /keɪˈnɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective

Cain2

[keyn] /keɪn/
noun
1.
James M. 1892–1977, U.S. novelist.
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  • cain, the older brother, chose to work in the fields, and to raise grain and fruits.

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  • There was when cain was born no established convention that all babies are pretty.

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  • God has not forgotten them, though they are haughtily ignored by proud cain, who regards them as nothing in his presence.

  • We are among the mountains of Lebanon, where dwell the descendants of cain.

  • If therefore the honor and prerogative were anything in God's sight, cain certainly had wherein to glory.

British Dictionary definitions for cain

cain

/keɪn/
noun
1.
(history) (in Scotland and Ireland) payment in kind, usually farm produce paid as rent
Word Origin
C12: from Scottish Gaelic cāin rent, perhaps ultimately from Late Latin canōn tribute (see canon); compare Middle Irish cāin law

Cain

/keɪn/
noun
1.
the first son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel (Genesis 4:1–16)
2.
raise Cain
  1. to cause a commotion
  2. to react or protest heatedly
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Word Origin and History for cain

Cain

elder son of Adam and Eve, from Hebrew Qayin, literally "created one," also "smith," from Semitic stem q-y-n "to form, to fashion." To raise Cain is first recorded 1840. Surnames McCain, McCann, etc., are a contraction of Irish Mac Cathan "son of Cathan," from Celtic cathan, literally "warrior," from cath "battle."

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Cain

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raise cain

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with cain

Cain

see: raise Cain
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