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weal

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[ weel ]
/ wil /
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noun

well-being, prosperity, or happiness: the public weal; weal and woe.
Obsolete. wealth or riches.
Obsolete. the body politic; the state.

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Origin of weal

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before 900; Middle English wele,Old English wela; akin to well1

Definition for weal (2 of 2)

weal2
[ weel ]
/ wil /

noun

Origin of weal

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Variant of wale1, with ea of wheal
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British Dictionary definitions for weal (1 of 2)

weal1
/ (wiːl) /

noun

a raised mark on the surface of the body produced by a blowAlso called: wale, welt, wheal

Word Origin for weal

C19: variant of wale 1, influenced in form by wheal

British Dictionary definitions for weal (2 of 2)

weal2
/ (wiːl) /

noun

archaic prosperity or wellbeing (now esp in the phrases the public weal, the common weal)
obsolete the state
obsolete wealth

Word Origin for weal

Old English wela; related to Old Saxon welo, Old High German wolo
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Medical definitions for weal

weal
[ wēl ]

n.

A ridge on the flesh raised by a blow; a welt.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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