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shend

[ shend ]
/ ʃɛnd /
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verb (used with object), shent, shend·ing.Archaic.

to put to shame.
to reproach or scold.
to destroy or injure; damage.

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Origin of shend

before 900; Middle English s(c)henden,Old English (ge)scendan (cognate with Dutch schenden,German schänden), derivative of scand shame, infamy
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British Dictionary definitions for shend

shend
/ (ʃɛnd) /

verb shends, shending or shent (ʃɛnt) (tr) archaic

to put to shame
to chide or reproach
to injure or destroy
Old English gescendan, from scand shame
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