One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Make wicked; deprave.
- ‘If she keep not promise I will beshrew her head!’
2Invoke evil upon; curse; blame for a misfortune.
- ‘"Beshrew the fellow," I said to myself as I left him, carefully closing the door, so that the sound should not shake him; "he is little better than a woman, and yet I have become as fond of him as though he were my brother."’
- ‘'Beshrew the old hag that told me that he was affected with leprosy! Surely, that is a lie against him, for this is not the voice of one who hath such a disease.’
- ‘And she beshrewed herself for so unkindly judging of his unkindness.’
- ‘"Beshrew the old fool!" muttered Sir William Howe, growing impatient of her obstinacy, and ashamed of the emotion into which he had been betrayed.’
- ‘Beshrew her heart, what a fright she put me to!’
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