One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Devoid of might or strength; weak, feeble; powerless, impotent.
With the and plural concord. Unmighty people as a class; the weak, the powerless.
Old English; earliest use found in King Alfred (c848–899), king of the West Saxons and of the Anglo-Saxons. Cognate with or formed similarly to Old Frisian unmachtich (West Frisian ûnmachtich), Middle Dutch onmachtich (Dutch onmachtig), Middle Low German unmechtich, Old High German unmahtīg (Middle High German unmehtec, unmehtic, German unmächtig), Old Icelandic úmáttigr, all from the Germanic base of un- + the Germanic base of might + the Germanic base of -y.
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