withershins

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From wither- +‎ shins, sins, alteration of withersuns ‎(contrary to the sun's course, literally against the sun's), modelled after Middle Low German, weddersins, weddersinnes ‎(in the opposite direction), from Middle High German widdersinnes ‎(in the opposite direction, literally contrary to reason), from wider ‎(opposite) + sinnes ‎(genitive of sin ‎(course)). Compare also Old English wiþersīenes ‎(backwards, withershins), Icelandic viðer ‎(against), Danish and Swedish veder. More at wither, sense.

Adverb[edit]

withershins ‎(not comparable)

  1. Anti-clockwise, in the contrary direction, especially to the left or opposite to the direction of the sun.

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