- Scot. and Irish English. rent paid in kind, especially a percentage of a farm crop.
Origin of cain
- the first son of Adam and Eve, who murdered his brother Abel. Gen. 4.
- a murderer.
- raise Cain, Slang.
- become angry or violent: He'll raise Cain when he finds out I lost his watch.
- to behave in a boisterous manner; cause a disturbance: The students raised Cain while the teacher was out.
- James M.,1892–1977, U.S. novelist.
Examples from the Web for cain
In the aftermath of the allegations, Cain dropped out of the race.Is Herman Cain Running In 2016?
May 31, 2014
When the House of Bishops made its ruling, Cain was appalled.
His scheme to re-integrate the church back into the center of this urban community has won Cain a legion of admirers.
At the final site meeting before construction began, Cain was in a no-nonsense mood.
“Gay people have very often a heightened sensitivity to things of beauty and spirituality,” Cain suggested.
When Cain wished to slay his brother, he was at no loss for a weapon.Earth's Holocaust (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Cain (gen. Caines, 107): descended from him are Grendel and his kin, 107, 1262 ff.Beowulf
He gave Cain a long lifetime in which to repent of his sins.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
Even thus did Cain cease to be his brother's keeper, and so slew him.Salted With Fire
On kin of Cain was the killing avenged by sovran God for slaughtered Abel.Beowulf
- history (in Scotland and Ireland) payment in kind, usually farm produce paid as rent
- the first son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel (Genesis 4:1–16)
- raise Cain
- to cause a commotion
- to react or protest heatedly
Word Origin and History for 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."
Idioms and Phrases with cain
see raise Cain.