One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbrare, literary, archaic
with object To censure or criticize; to pass strictures on. Also without object. Now rare (literary).
Mid 16th century. From classical Latin perstringere to bind tightly, draw together, to graze, rub, to blunt, make dull, to touch slightly, glance at, to touch or wound slightly with words, to censure, reprimand from per- + stringere to tie, bind.
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