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1literary, archaic News; information.‘the bearer of glad tidings’in singular ‘amid the clouds of gloom, this is a good tiding’
report, announcement, story, accountnews, information, intelligence, reports, advice, notification, word, talk, the latestView synonyms
- ‘Recent days brought tidings of an official invitation to Paris.’
- ‘It said some workers had already returned to work and other workers will get letters telling them the glad tidings soon.’
- ‘Mrs Manning obviously intended to come as a bearer of good tidings.’
- ‘Several of his less talented colleagues, I'm told, protested vehemently when they heard the glad tidings.’
- ‘Each positive piece of economic news last fall was matched by equally bad economic tidings.’
- ‘It has been a pleasure to bring the good tidings to our public.’
- ‘The sad tidings were received with a sense of total disbelief.’
- ‘If it had happened yesterday, you would have read about it on the internet, or received the bad tidings in an email or a text message.’
2rare A flock of magpies.‘a tiding of magpies perch in the low pines’
Late Old English tīdung ‘announcement, piece of news’, probably from Old Norse títhindi ‘news of events’, from títhr ‘occurring’.
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