withersake

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English withersake, from Old English wiþersaca (adversary, enemy; betrayer; apostate), equivalent to wither- (against) +‎ sake. Cognate with Middle High German widersache, Modern German Widersacher (adversary, opponent, antagonist, foe).

Noun[edit]

withersake (plural withersakes)

  1. (archaic) An apostate or perfidious renegade.
    • 1822, William Bennett, Malpas:
      "Go to with thy trade," replied Father Adrian, "I know thee not but for a lying withersake; a base pilfering waster and drawlatch; a cutting ribald moss trooper, and doer of ran and rapine; a common lecher and brawler; [...]