geas

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Irish geis.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

geas

  1. (Gaelic mythology) A vow or obligation placed upon a person.
  2. A curse.
  3. A mystical compulsion.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1980 - Stephen Donaldson, The Wounded Land, page 162, The memory came upon him like a geas, overwhelming his revulsion, numbing his heart.

Neil Gaiman, "Chivalry": "Galaad stood up again and turned to Mrs. Whitaker. 'Gracious lady, keeper of the Holy of Holies, let me now depart this place with the Blessed Chalice, that my journeyings may be ended and my geas fulfilled.'"

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Irish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

geas f (genitive geise, nominative plural geasa)

  1. Alternative form of geis

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

geas f (genitive geis or geasa, plural geasan)

  1. enchantment, sorcery

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