- 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/.
Origin of withershins
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Examples from the Web for withershins
But this is telling our tale "withershins about," as they say in Netherby.Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City
S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
To go 'withershins' seems to have been reserved for cursing and excommunication.Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I.
Sir James George Frazer
To go round the person in the opposite direction, or “withershins,” is an evil incantation and brings ill-fortune.The Kath Sarit Sgara
A weak man like his learned brother Withershins was not a judge to keep the high-roads safe, and make crime tremble.In a Glass Darkly, v. 1/3
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
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
- in the direction contrary to the apparent course of the sun; anticlockwise
- in a direction contrary to the usual; in the wrong directionCompare deasil
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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