Cain 1 [ keyn ] SHOW IPA / keɪn / PHONETIC RESPELLING | IDIOMS noun the first son of Adam and Eve, who murdered his brother Abel. Gen. 4. a murderer. Idioms 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. Related forms Cain·ism, noun Cain·it·ic , [key- nit-ik] /keɪˈnɪt ɪk/ adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cainism noun 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 noun 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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Word Origin and History for cainism
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."
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Idioms and Phrases with cainism
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