wray

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English wreien, wraien, wrayen (to show, make known, accuse), from Old English wrēġan (to urge, incite, stir up, accuse, impeach), from Proto-Germanic *wrōgijaną. Akin to Dutch wroegen, German rügen, Swedish röja.

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wray (third-person singular simple present wrays, present participle wraying, simple past and past participle wrayed)

  1. (obsolete) To denounce (a person).
  2. (obsolete) To reveal (a secret).
    • Late 14th century: no thyng dorste he seye, / Save in his songes somwhat wolde he wreye / His wo — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin's Tale’, Canterbury Tales
  3. (obsolete) To betray.

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