Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Brúðkaupsvísur, 23 [Vol. 7, 545-6]

[6] fráleit ‘very bad’: The word is marked as ‘younger Icel.’ in the ONP database. The oldest examples in the database of the Institute of Lexicography (see Orðabók Háskólans: fráleitur) are from the middle of C16th: þat einginn laustr sie suo og fraleitur, ... at hræsnin kunne eigi medur faugru alite yfer at slietta ‘that no vice is so very bad […] that hypocrisy could not with fair appearance smooth it over’; Gud hann yfergefur þuilijka menn j fraleitt sinne ‘God, he leaves such men in very bad company’.


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