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bewray

[bih-rey]
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verb (used with object) Archaic.
  1. to reveal or expose.
  2. to betray.
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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
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bewray

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

Word Origin

C13: from be- + Old English wrēgan to accuse; related to Gothic wrōhjan
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Word Origin and History for bewray

v.

"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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