Origin of lest
Examples from the Web for lest
And lest you be deceived, primary elections are no partisan monopoly.
He said it would be wise to stop taking it, lest it turn on my “genetic light switch.”Birth Control Made My Hair Fall Out, and I’m Not the Only One|Molly Oswaks|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lest anyone be confused, the site clearly states: “This is not a dating app.”
Lest anyone be confused, the site clearly states: ‘This is not a dating app.’
And lest we think models are just bony arms and pretty faces, they frequently assure us that they are really, truly intelligent.Miranda Kerr & Karlie Kloss Suffer From Model Denial|Lizzie Crocker|June 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hide it not for my help, for my honour, but tell me, Lest my time and thy time be lost days and confusion!Poems By The Way & Love Is Enough|William Morris
But, somehow, Jefferson Creede took the lead and rode with his eyes cast down, lest they should be dazzled by the vision.Hidden Water|Dane Coolidge
Not to trust to his own understanding, lest God blind his understanding.A Vindication of the Presbyteriall-Government and Ministry|Ministers and Elders of the London Provinciall Assembly
I have fresh hopes given me; but I dare not please myself too much with them, lest I should be again disappointed.
Paul was afraid that he would begin again, and he dared not touch him lest he should cry out.Paul Gerrard|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for lest
conjunction (subordinating; takes should or a subjunctive verb)
Word Origin for lest
Word Origin and History for lest
c.1200, contracted from Middle English phrase les te "less that," from Old English phrase þy læs þe "whereby less that," from þy, instrumental case of demonstrative article þæt "that" + læs (see less) + þe "the." The þy was dropped and the remaining two words contracted into leste.