beschweren

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German beswæren (to afflict, to depress, to annoy), from Old High German biswāren (to depress, to burden) (10th c.), from swāren (heavy) (8th c.) whence schwer. The reflexive sense developed later in the 14th century from "to burden oneself", "to fret" to "to complain about something worrisome, burdensome".[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bəˈʃveːʁən/
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  • Hyphenation: be‧schwe‧ren
  • Rhymes: -eːʀən

Verb[edit]

beschweren (weak, third-person singular present beschwert, past tense beschwerte, past participle beschwert, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to weight, to weight down
  2. (reflexive) to complain

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Wolfgang Pfeifer, editor (1993), “beschweren”, in Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Deutschen (in German), 2nd edition, Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, →ISBN

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