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deasil

[ dee-zuhl ]
/ ˈdi zəl /
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adverb Chiefly Scot.
clockwise or in a direction following the apparent course of the sun: considered as lucky or auspicious.
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Origin of deasil

First recorded in 1765–75; from Scots Gaelic, Irish deiseal, Middle Irish dessel “toward the right, clockwise, following the sun (i.e., auspiciously),” equivalent to dess “right, south” + sel “turn, time”; see origin at dexter; contrasted with withershins
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British Dictionary definitions for deasil

deasil
/ (ˈdiːzəl, ˈdiːʃəl) Scot /

adverb
in the direction of the apparent course of the sun; clockwise
noun
motion in this direction
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Word Origin for deasil

C18: Scot Gaelic deiseil
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