in a direction contrary to the natural one, especially contrary to the apparent course of the sun or counterclockwise: considered as unlucky or causing disaster.
- Also wid·der·shins [wid-er-shinz] /ˈwɪd ərˌʃɪnz/ .
- Compare deasil.
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How to use withershins in a sentence
Having arrived at their rendezvous, they danced round it ‘withershins’—that is, in reverse of the apparent motion of the sun.Witch, Warlock, and Magician | William Henry Davenport Adams
It is a rough insulated mass, of considerable dimensions, and it is held unlucky to ride thrice withershins around it.Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border Volume III (of 3) | Walter Scott
But this is telling our tale "withershins about," as they say in Netherby.Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City | S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
Mr. German Doustercivil, the agent at Glen-withershins mining-works.The Antiquary, Complete | Sir Walter Scott
To go round the person in the opposite direction, or “withershins,” is an evil incantation and brings ill-fortune.The Kath Sarit Sgara | Somadeva Bhatta
British Dictionary definitions for withershins
in the direction contrary to the apparent course of the sun; anticlockwise
in a direction contrary to the usual; in the wrong direction: Compare deasil
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