bysen

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From Proto-Germanic *būsniz (command, precept), from Proto-Germanic *beudaną (to ask, beg), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (to be awake, perceive fully). Cognate with Old Saxon ambusan (command, precept), Gothic 𐌰𐌽𐌰𐌱𐌿𐍃𐌽𐍃 (anabusns, a command), Old Norse býsn (wonder, premonition).

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Noun[edit]

bȳsen f

  1. example
    bȳsne stellan — to set an example
    bȳsne sellan — to give an example
    bȳsne — as an example
    • c. 900, the Old English Boethius
      Ealla bēċ sind fulla þāra bȳsna þāra manna þe ǣr ūs wǣron.
      All books are full of the examples of the people who were before us.
  2. parable
  3. command

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