[ keyn ]
/ keɪn /
the first son of Adam and Eve, who murdered his brother Abel. Gen. 4.
- 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.
raise Cain, Slang.
Related formsCain·ism, nounCain·it·ic [key-nit-ik] /keɪˈnɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cainism (1 of 2)
/ (keɪn) /
the first son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel (Genesis 4:1–16)
- to cause a commotion
- to react or protest heatedly
British Dictionary definitions for cainism (2 of 2)
/ (keɪn) /
history (in Scotland and Ireland) payment in kind, usually farm produce paid as rent
Word Origin for cain
C12: from Scottish Gaelic cāin rent, perhaps ultimately from Late Latin canōn tribute (see canon); compare Middle Irish cāin law
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Idioms and Phrases with cainism
see raise Cain.
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