v. unintentionally expose or reveal

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  • Bewray — Be*wray (b[ e]*r[=a] ), v. t. To soil. See {Beray}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bewray — Be*wray , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bewrayed} ( r[=a]d ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bewraying}.] [OE. bewraien, biwreyen; pref. be + AS. wr[=e]gan to accuse, betray; akin to OS. wr[=o]gian, OHG. ruog[=e]n, G. r[ u]gen, Icel. r[ae]gja, Goth. wr[=o]hjan to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bewray — to reveal, expose, c.1300, from BE (Cf. be ) + wray. Probably more or less of a conscious archaism since the 17th c. [OED] Related: Bewrayed; bewraying …   Etymology dictionary

  • bewray — [bē rā′] vt. [ME biwreien < BE , intens. + OE wregan, to inform; akin to Ger rügen, to blame] Archaic to divulge; reveal; betray …   English World dictionary

  • bewray — verb /bɪˈreɪ/ a) To expose a person, rat someone out. , 1890: I fear that if I was to attempt to detain you at length my speech would bewray me, and you would discover I was not that master of professional allusions which you might expect me to… …   Wiktionary

  • bewray — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from be + wreyen to accuse, from Old English wrēgan; akin to Old High German ruogen to accuse Date: 13th century archaic divulge, betray …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bewray — bewrayer, n. /bi ray /, v.t. Archaic. 1. to reveal or expose. 2. to betray. [1250 1300; ME bewraien, equiv. to be BE + wraien, OE wregan to accuse, c. OHG ruogen (G rügen), Goth wrohjan] * * * …   Universalium

  • Bewray —    To reveal or disclose; an old English word equivalent to betray (Prov. 27:16; 29:24, R.V., uttereth; Isa. 16:3; Matt. 26:73) …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • bewray — v. a. == betray [by wrye]. Alys. 4377. pret. ‘bi wro.’ O. and N. 673. AS. wregan …   Oldest English Words

  • bewray — be·wray …   English syllables

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