- lady; woman.
- female deity, especially one promoting fertility: often used as a suffix on names: Freydis; Hjordis; Thordis.
Origin of dis1
< Old Norse dīs, plural dīsir; origin uncertain
- to show disrespect for; affront.
- to disparage; belittle.
- insult or disparagement; criticism.
Origin of dis2
1980–85, Americanism; from dis-1 extracted from such words as disrespect and disparage
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Examples from the Web for disir
In the palm they must be graven, and round the joints be clasped, and the Disir prayed for aid.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson
Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
- a variant spelling of diss
- Also called: Orcus, Pluto the Roman god of the underworld
- the abode of the dead; underworld
Greek equivalent: Hades
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Word Origin and History for disir
Roman underworld god, from Latin Dis, contracted from dives "rich," which is related to divus "divine, god," hence "favored by god." Cf. Pluto and Old Church Slavonic bogatu "rich," from bogu "god."
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