One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Advice or counsel given by one person to another.‘what is your rede?’
- ‘I know that a lot of Neo-Pagans abide by some kind of creed or rede.’
- ‘Or the Wiccan rede, ‘And ye do no harm, do what thou will.’’
- ‘Remember that the rede does not just mean physical harm but all kinds of harm, be it physical, mental, emotional or other.’
- ‘I take the rede to mean that you shouldn't harm any living thing.’
- ‘The law of threefold return was introduced in the Wiccan rede, developed ostensibly by Gardner and Valiente IIRC, and likely ghostwritten by Crowley.’
1Advise (someone)with object and infinitive ‘therefore, my son, I rede thee stay at home’
- ‘For Wiccans and many, though not all, Neo-Pagans, the single, moral tagline usually redes (pun intended) ‘Do as ye will, an it harm none.’’
2Interpret (a riddle or dream)‘the secret of Man's being is still a riddle that he cannot rede’
Old English rǣd, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch raad, German Rat. The verb is a variant of read, of the same origin.
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