beshrew (v.) early 14c., "deprave, pervert, corrupt," from BE- (Cf. be-) + shrew (v.) "to curse;" see SHREW (Cf. shrew). Meaning "to invoke evil upon" is from late 14c.

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  • Beshrew — Be*shrew , v. t. To curse; to execrate. [1913 Webster] Beshrew me, but I love her heartily. Shak. [1913 Webster] Note: Often a very mild form of imprecation; sometimes so far from implying a curse, as to be uttered coaxingly, nay even with some… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beshrew — [bē shro͞o′] vt. [ME bishrewen: see BE & SHREW] Archaic to curse: mainly in mild imprecations [beshrew thee] …   English World dictionary

  • beshrew — verb A mildly imprecatory or merely expletive introductory exclamation, in the form of the imperative. Beshrew your heart, Fair daughter! ― Shakespeare …   Wiktionary

  • beshrew — transitive verb Date: 14th century archaic curse …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • beshrew — /bi shrooh /, v.t. Archaic. to curse; invoke evil upon. [1275 1325; ME beshrewen. See BE , SHREW1] * * * …   Universalium

  • beshrew — v. a. == curse. Rel. Ant. ii. p. 211 …   Oldest English Words

  • beshrew — v. imprecate, curse, wish evil on someone or something, invoke evil upon, maledict …   English contemporary dictionary

  • beshrew — v. a. Execrate, curse, wish evil to, implore a curse upon …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • beshrew — be·shrew …   English syllables

  • beshrew — be•shrew [[t]bɪˈʃru[/t]] v. t. archaic to invoke evil upon • Etymology: 1275–1325; ME; see be , shrew …   From formal English to slang

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