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verb (used with object), shent, shend·ing. Archaic.
  1. to put to shame.
  2. to reproach or scold.
  3. 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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  • I wrote my requisition to the doctor while Shend was struggling to his feet.

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British Dictionary definitions for shend


verb shends, shending or shent (ʃɛnt) (tr) archaic
  1. to put to shame
  2. to chide or reproach
  3. to injure or destroy
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Word Origin

Old English gescendan, from scand shame
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