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From Frankish *marrijan, from Proto-Germanic *marzijaną(to neglect, ignore, hinder, disturb, impede), from Proto-Indo-European *mers-(to annoy, forget, ignore, neglect). Cognate with Old Norse merja(to bruise, injure), Old English mierran(to ruin, spoil). More at mar.



  1. to frustrate; to annoy; to vex
  2. to sadden
    • 12th Century, Unknown, Raoul de Cambrai:
      — « Diex ! » dist la dame, « cum est mes cuers maris ! »
      "God!", said the lady "how my heart is saddened!"

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