Old EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /xre͜oːw/, [r̥e͜oːw]

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-West Germanic *hreuwu.

NounEdit

hrēow f

  1. regret, remorse
    Wē sċulon bēon mihtigu, and fæġer, and būtan hrēowe.
    We must be powerful, beautiful, and without regret.
    Iċ mǣne, hēr iċ eom, mid eallum þissum hrēowum libbende, þenċende þæt iċ yfelode ealle þās menn and tōwurpe mīn līf…
    I mean, here I am, living with all these regrets, thinking that I wronged all these people and ruined my life…
    Ne ætīewaþ hīe nāne hrēowe heora misdǣda, ac hīe begāþ forþ āne firene æfter ōðre.
    They show no remorse for their misdeeds, but continue to commit one crime after another.
  2. repentance
  3. sorrow
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DescendantsEdit
  • Middle English: rewe, reowe

Etymology 2Edit

From Proto-Germanic *hriwwijaz.

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AdjectiveEdit

hrēow

  1. sad
  2. repentant
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