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From Latin accingō (to gird).


  • IPA(key): /ækˈsɪndʒ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪndʒ


accinge (third-person singular simple present accinges, present participle accinging, simple past and past participle accinged)

  1. (reflexive, archaic) To prepare oneself for action.
    • 1829, Thomas Love Peacock, The Misfortunes of Elphin,
      "Friend Seithenyn," said the abbot, when, having passed the castle gates, and solicited an audience, he was proceeding to the presence of Melvas, "this task, to which I have accinged myself is arduous, and in some degree awful;
    • 1831, Thomas Love Peacock, Crotchet Castle,
      He accinged himself to the task with his usual heroism, and having finished it to his entire satisfaction, reminded his host to order in the devil.
    • 1855, James John Garth Wilkinson, War, Cholera, and the Ministry of Health, p. 58
      [...]but we must now accinge ourselves to other less agreeable considerations.
    • 1898, Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, The Astonishing History of Troy Town,
      Peter, instead of adjuring Miss Limpenny to fear no more the heat o' the sun, accinged himself to the practical difficulty.
    • 1943, Sir Arthur Thomas, Cambridge Lectures, J.M. Dent; E.P. Dutton, page 241,
      when those doors had been re-opened as sluíces to admit the mud and garbage of Restoration drama, the old man gallantly accinged himself to his old task and wrote Samson Agonistes'.
    • 1973, Leo Simpson, The Peacock Papers: A Novel[1], page 94:
      "I am accinging myself to a meeting with the enemy leader, Dr. Harrison Royce, among others — to discuss peace, perhaps, although my own feeling is that the dinner will be used by both sides in the traditional fashion,..."