[ dee-zuhl ]

adverbChiefly Scot.
  1. clockwise or in a direction following the apparent course of the sun: considered as lucky or auspicious.

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


/ (ˈdiːzəl, ˈdiːʃəl) Scot /

  1. in the direction of the apparent course of the sun; clockwise

  1. motion in this direction

Origin of deasil

C18: Scot Gaelic deiseil

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