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From be- +‎ ray (to defile), from Middle English rayen, an aphetic form of array.


beray (third-person singular simple present berays, present participle beraying, simple past and past participle berayed)

  1. To make foul; befoul; soil.
    • 1652, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, John French (as J. F.) (translator), Three Books of Occult Philosophy,
      Also it is said, that if a woman take a needle, and beray it with dung, and then wrap it up in earth, in which the carkass [carcass] of a man was buryed [buried], and shall carry it about her in a cloth which was used at the funerall, that no man shall be able to ly [have sex] with her as long as she hath it about her.