Word For The Day 6-15-2017

begrutten

be·grut·ten \bi-ˈgrə-tən\
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Definition

Showing the effects of much weeping; marred or swollen in face through sore or continued weeping.


Examples

When, therefore, she came on deck and found her own handmaid with her pretty little face swelled, or, as she expressed it, “begrutten,” and heard her express a wish that she had never left home, she lost command of herself — a loss that she always found it easy to come by — and, seizing Bertha by the shoulder, ordered her down into the cabin instantly.
The Norsemen in the West

She stood bravely beside her father, whose face was as begrutten as hers was serene, and those who put her through her catechism found to my mind but a good heart and tolerance where they sought treachery and rank heresy.
John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

Why, your face is as much _begrutten_ as if you were a mere baby.
The Norsemen in the West


Origin

The word ‘begrutten’ comes from the prefix “be-” and the past participle of ‘greet’, “to weep”.


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