verb (used with object) Archaic.

to reveal or expose.
to betray.

Nearby words

  1. bewildering,
  2. bewilderment,
  3. bewitch,
  4. bewitched,
  5. bewitching,
  6. bexhill,
  7. bexley,
  8. bey,
  9. beyle,
  10. beyle, marie henri

Origin of bewray

1250–1300; Middle English bewraien, equivalent to be- be- + wraien, Old English wrēgan to accuse, cognate with Old High German ruogen (German rügen), Gothic wrohjan

Related formsbe·wray·er, nounun·be·wrayed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bewray



(tr) an obsolete word for betray
Derived Formsbewrayer, noun

Word Origin for bewray

C13: from be- + Old English wrēgan to accuse; related to Gothic wrōhjan

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Word Origin and History for bewray



"to reveal, expose," c.1300, from be- + wray. "Probably more or less of a conscious archaism since the 17th c." [OED] Related: Bewrayed; bewraying.

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