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To Bewra'y. v.a. [ƿꞃᵹan, bƿꞃᵹan, Saxon.]

  1. To betray; to discover perfidiously.

    Fair feeling words he wisely 'gan display,
    And, for her humour fitting purpose, fain
    To tempt the cause itself for to bewray.
    Fairy Queen, b. i.

  2. To shew; to make visible: this word is now little in use.

    She saw a pretty blush in Philodea's cheeks bewray a modest discontentment. Sidney.

    Men do sometimes bewray that by deeds, which to confess they are hardly drawn. Hooker, b. i. § 7.

    Next look on him that seems for counsel fit,
    Whose silver locks bewray his store of days.
    Fairfax, b. iii.

Sources: Fairfax, Edward (30) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: Saxon (215) · Verb Active (289)

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