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be- +‎ drape



bedrape (third-person singular simple present bedrapes, present participle bedraping, simple past and past participle bedraped)

  1. (archaic) To dress, clothe.
    • 1910, Grace MacGowan Cooke, The Power and the Glory[1]:
      We moderns bedeck and bedrape us in all sorts of meretricious togas, till a pair of fine eyes and a dashing manner pass for beauty; but when life tries the metal--when nature applies her inevitable test--the degenerate or neurotic type goes to the wall."
    • 1913, Perceval Gibbon, The Second Class Passenger[2]:
      Shift and bedeck and bedrape her as they might, she was yet the Burdock; her lights would run down the Channel with no new consciousness in their stare, and there was work and peril for men aboard of her as of old.
  2. To drape, cover or adorn with drapery or folds of cloth, or as with drapery.
    • 1886, Gordon Stables, The Cruise of the Land Yacht “Wanderer”, London: Hodder & Stoughton, Chapter 3, p. 24,[3]
      The pink and white may, the clumps of lilac, the leafy hedgerows, the verandahs bedraped with mauve wistaria [] —it was all a sight, I can assure you!
    • 1899, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Chapter 3,[4]
      I had to wait in a lofty drawing-room with three long windows from floor to ceiling that were like three luminous and bedraped columns.