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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
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British Dictionary definitions for raise cain

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

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
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Word Origin and History for raise 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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raise Cain definition


To create a disturbance: “Alan and his buddies were always raising Cain over at the frat house.”

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Slang definitions & phrases for raise cain

raise Cain

verb phrase

To make a disturbance; complain loudly and bitterly; kick up a fuss (1840+)

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Idioms and Phrases with raise cain

raise Cain

Also,raise hell or the devil. Behave in a rowdy or disruptive way, as in He said he'd raise Cain if they wouldn't give him a refund, or The gang was out to raise hell that night, or The wind raised the devil with our picnic. The first term alludes to the son of Adam and Eve who killed his brother, Abel. It was first recorded in the St. Louis Daily Pennant (May 2, 1840): “Why have we every reason to believe that Adam and Eve were both rowdies? Because ... they both raised Cain.”. This statement makes a pun on raise, meaning “bring up” or “nurturing.” The two variants, alluding to bringing hell or the devil up to this world, are older, the first from about 1700, the second from about 1800.

Cain

see: raise Cain
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