See also: beda, Beda, Béda, běda, Béďa, bēdā, and będą




From Proto-Baltic *bēd-, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰēdʰ-, the lengthened grade of *bʰedʰ- (to bend, to press). Via ē > ey alternation, there was also a parallel form *bʰeydʰ-, from which derive the Germanic and Greek forms, and its o-grade *bʰoydʰ-, from which derive the Slavic forms. (Some specialists consider bēda a borrowing from Slavic, but the falling intonation is not usually found on borrowings.) The meaning change was probably “to bend, to press” > “to experience coertion, humiliation” > “(to be in) a bad situation.” Cognates include Lithuanian bėdà, Proto-Slavic *běda (adversity, misery) (Russian беда́ (bedá, adversity, tribulation, disaster), Belarusian бе́дны (bjédny), бяда́ (bjadá), Ukrainian біда́ (bidá), Czech běda, bída (need, poverty), Polish bieda (poverty, deprivation, unhappiness)), Gothic 𐌱𐌰𐌹𐌳𐌾𐌰𐌽 (baidjan, to ask for, to force), Old High German beitten (ask for), Gothic 𐌱𐌹𐌳𐌾𐌰𐌽 (bidjan, to ask, to request) (< “to bend”), Old High German, German bitten, Sanskrit बाधते (bā́dhate, to press), बाधाः (bādháḥ, obstacle, hardship), Ancient Greek πείθω (peíthō, to convince, to persuade), Latin fīdo (to trust, to rely upon) (< *bʰidʰ-, the zero grade of *bʰeydʰ-).[1]




bēda f (4th declension)

  1. (only plural) sadness, sorrow, grief (emotional state caused by, e.g., unhappiness, loss)
    dziļas bēdas‎ ― deep sorrow
    ciest bēdas‎ ― to suffer grief
    palīdzēt, dalīties bēdās‎ ― to help, to share in (case of) sorrow
    mierināt draugu bēdās‎ ― to comfort a friend in sorrow
    bēdu sagrauzts cilvēks‎ ― a person afficlted with grief, a grieving person
  2. trouble, misfortune, disaster (unpleasant event, circumstance, condition; thoughts about such an event; concern)
    liela bēda‎ ― great misfortune
    maza bēda‎ ― little problem, trouble
    pārvarēt bēdu‎ ― to overcome a disaster
    tā nav nekāda bēda‎ ― this is no big trouble
    kas man bēdas! — what trouble (is) that to me!
    (= I don't care about it, it doesn't affect me)




Derived termsEdit


  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “bēda”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7