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/ ˈwɪð ərˌʃɪnz /
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adverb Chiefly Scot.
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.
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Also wid·der·shins [wid-er-shinz] /ˈwɪd ərˌʃɪnz/ .
Compare deasil.

Origin of withershins

First recorded in 1505–15; from Middle Low German weddersin(ne)s, from Middle High German widdersinnes, equivalent to wider (Old High German widar ) “opposite” (see with) + sinnes, genitive of sin “way, course” (cognate with Old English sīth ); see send1, -s1;contrasted with deasil
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/ (ˈwɪðəˌʃɪnz, Scottish ˈwɪðər-) /

adverb mainly Scot
in the direction contrary to the apparent course of the sun; anticlockwise
in a direction contrary to the usual; in the wrong directionCompare deasil

Word Origin for withershins

C16: from Middle Low German weddersinnes, from Middle High German, literally: opposite course, from wider against + sinnes, genitive of sin course
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