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Alteration of earlier waniand, from Middle English waniand (waning), present participle of wanien (to wane) (from the phrase "in the waniand [moon]", i.e. in the time of the waning moon, in an unlucky period).


wanion (plural wanions)

  1. (obsolete) The wane of the moon.
  2. (obsolete) Curse.
    • 1617, John Davies, “It’s a mad world my Maisters. And a merry world my Mistrisses” in Wits Bedlam, London,[1]
      S’foote what are these that pynch me? Goblins?
      A wanion on the Elues for me []
  3. (obsolete) Vengeance (in the phrases in a wanion, with a wanion, “with a vengeance”).
    • 1583, Philip Stubbs, The Anatomie of Abuses, London: Richard Jones, “A fearfull Iudgement of GOD, shewed at the Theaters,”[2]
      And yet notwithstanding we must haue these goodly pageants played vpon the sabaoth day (in a wanion) because there are no mo daies in the week.
    • 1606, Thomas Heywood, The Second Part of, If You Know Not Me, You Know No Bodie, London: Nathaniell Butter, Act I, Scene 1,[3]
      By the masse I thinke your master had more need knock you about the eares, for playing the Iackes with him, ther’s your ten pounds, tell it out with a wanion, and take it for your pains.
    • c. 1608, William Shakespeare, Pericles, Prince of Tyre Act II, Scene 1,[4]
      Look how thou stirrest now! come away, or I’ll fetch thee with a wanion.
    • 1672, John Phillips, Maronides, or, Virgil travestie, London: Nathanael Brooks, Book 5, p. 41,[5]
      For ill advised of a rock,
      The ship with such a wannion strook;