One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Advice or counsel given by one person to another.‘what is your rede?’
- ‘I take the rede to mean that you shouldn't harm any living thing.’
- ‘Remember that the rede does not just mean physical harm but all kinds of harm, be it physical, mental, emotional or other.’
- ‘The law of threefold return was introduced in the Wiccan rede, developed ostensibly by Gardner and Valiente IIRC, and likely ghostwritten by Crowley.’
- ‘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.’’
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).
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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