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From hell +‎ geat


hellegeat n

  1. gate of hell
    on þam sylfum fæce þe se mennisca lichama on byrgene læg, he abræc þurh his godcundan mihte hellegeata — in your own time that saw the human body laying in the tomb, he broke through the gates of hell with his divine might.
  2. evil, false doctrine
    leahtras & dwollic lar sind hellegatu for þan ðe hi lædað þone synfullan swilce þurh get into hellewite — vice & heretical learning are hell-gates for that it lead to that sinful manner through which goes into hell-wite.


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