beshrew


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be·shrew

 (bĭ-shro͞o′)
tr.v. be·shrewed, be·shrew·ing, be·shrews Archaic
To invoke evil upon; curse: "Beshrew thee, cousin, which didst lead me forth / Of that sweet way I was in to despair!" (Shakespeare).

[Middle English bishrewen : bi-, be- + shrew, wicked person; see shrew.]

beshrew

(bɪˈʃruː)
vb
(tr) archaic to wish evil on; curse (used in mild oaths such as beshrew me)
[C14: see be-, shrew]

be•shrew

(bɪˈʃru)

v.t. Archaic.
to invoke evil upon.
[1275–1325; Middle English; see be-, shrew 1]

beshrew


Past participle: beshrewed
Gerund: beshrewing

Imperative
beshrew
beshrew
Present
I beshrew
you beshrew
he/she/it beshrews
we beshrew
you beshrew
they beshrew
Preterite
I beshrewed
you beshrewed
he/she/it beshrewed
we beshrewed
you beshrewed
they beshrewed
Present Continuous
I am beshrewing
you are beshrewing
he/she/it is beshrewing
we are beshrewing
you are beshrewing
they are beshrewing
Present Perfect
I have beshrewed
you have beshrewed
he/she/it has beshrewed
we have beshrewed
you have beshrewed
they have beshrewed
Past Continuous
I was beshrewing
you were beshrewing
he/she/it was beshrewing
we were beshrewing
you were beshrewing
they were beshrewing
Past Perfect
I had beshrewed
you had beshrewed
he/she/it had beshrewed
we had beshrewed
you had beshrewed
they had beshrewed
Future
I will beshrew
you will beshrew
he/she/it will beshrew
we will beshrew
you will beshrew
they will beshrew
Future Perfect
I will have beshrewed
you will have beshrewed
he/she/it will have beshrewed
we will have beshrewed
you will have beshrewed
they will have beshrewed
Future Continuous
I will be beshrewing
you will be beshrewing
he/she/it will be beshrewing
we will be beshrewing
you will be beshrewing
they will be beshrewing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been beshrewing
you have been beshrewing
he/she/it has been beshrewing
we have been beshrewing
you have been beshrewing
they have been beshrewing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been beshrewing
you will have been beshrewing
he/she/it will have been beshrewing
we will have been beshrewing
you will have been beshrewing
they will have been beshrewing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been beshrewing
you had been beshrewing
he/she/it had been beshrewing
we had been beshrewing
you had been beshrewing
they had been beshrewing
Conditional
I would beshrew
you would beshrew
he/she/it would beshrew
we would beshrew
you would beshrew
they would beshrew
Past Conditional
I would have beshrewed
you would have beshrewed
he/she/it would have beshrewed
we would have beshrewed
you would have beshrewed
they would have beshrewed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.beshrew - wish harm uponbeshrew - wish harm upon; invoke evil upon; "The bad witch cursed the child"
bring up, call down, conjure, conjure up, invoke, call forth, put forward, arouse, evoke, stir, raise - summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic; "raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the air"; "call down the spirits from the mountain"
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I did but refresh myself after the fatigue of the action, with the unbeliever, with one humming cup of sack, and was proceeding to lead forth my captive, when, crash after crash, as with wild thunder-dint and levin-fire, down toppled the masonry of an outer tower, (marry beshrew their hands that built it not the firmer
Now, beshrew his heart," quoth jolly Robin, "that would deny a butcher.
The relatives of the victims said amen for beshrew to Erdoy-an.