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Old English[edit]


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  • IPA(key): /ˈxliː.sɑ/, [ˈl̥iː.zɑ]


hlīsa m

  1. fame
    • c. 992, Ælfric, "The Nativity of St. John the Baptist"
      Hwæt ða Crist geswutelode hine sylfne ðurh miccle tacna, and his hlīsa weox geond ealne middangeard, þæt he soð God wæs, seðe wæs ærðan witega geðuht. Iohannes soðlice wæs wanigende on his hlīsan, forðan ðe he wearð oncnawen witega, and bydel ðæs Heofonlican Æðelinges, seðe wæs lytle ær Crist geteald mid ungewissum wenan.
      But Christ manifested himself by many great miracles, and his fame waxed through all the world, that he was true God, who before that had seemed a prophet. But John was waning in his fame, for he was acknowledged a prophet, and the proclaimer of the Heavenly Prince, who a little before had by uncertain supposition been accounted Christ.
  2. reputation
  3. praise, applause


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From -hla +‎ -isa.



  1. (transitive) to bring down


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