One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
noun & verb
- archaic spelling of murder
- ‘This convinced D' Ewes that ‘all impartiall judgements [had] just ground to conclude it to be the finger of God himselfe, in punishing the mercilesse murthers of his dear Saints.’’
- ‘I appeal to every reader of feeling and sentiment whether the fictitious murther of Duncan by Macbeth in Shakespeare does not excite in him as great a horror of villainy, as the real one of Henry IV by Ravaillac as related by Davila?’
- ‘Formerly, for example, there was variation between d and th: father and mother were until the 16c written fader and moder; burden and murder were until the 19c written burthen and murther.’
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