- to reveal or expose.
- to betray.
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
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Examples from the Web for bewray
Gunnlaug said, "Bewray me not if I bring thee water in my helm."
Well served eleven day by day, To folly the twelfth did me bewray.Poems by the Way
Oft she turned her eyes on Gunnlaug, thereby proving the saw, "Eyes will bewray if maid love man."
Heu quam difficile est crimen non prodere vultu; How hard is it not to bewray a mans fault by his forhead.
Smollett and Carlyle then walked home through secluded streets, and were silent, lest their speech should bewray them for Scots.Adventures among Books
- (tr) an obsolete word for betray
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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