láechdacht

Cite this: eDIL s.v. láechdacht or dil.ie/29311

Forms: láechtacht

n ā, f. (láechda) later occas. also láechtacht

(a) valour, chivalry : fó mo c[h]erd laechdachta, LU 6169 ( TBC² 1685 ). dolig dán laechdacht chivalry is a difficult art, LL 346a40 . dobert rī Alban grádugad mōr dona Collaib ar a laechdacht, ZCP viii 318.12 . tre laechdacht a llaime, TTebe 1450 . bas ar gnimaib gaile ┐ laec[h]dhachtae, CCath. 3700 . laechdacht leomain, Ann. Conn. 1256.6 . ni haithechus .i. ni laochdacht, O'Dav. 53 . di-bi-arg .i. ni la laochacht adrīmt[h]er . . . nī bī i cōir laochachtae diultad Dē, O'Mulc. 309 . más dealbh, más laochdhacht, más lúdh, Aithd. D. 58.7 . laochtacht, Keat. iii 3061. In phr. fír láechdachta fair behaviour of warriors : ní fír laechdachta dó tuidecht ar mo chendsa, LU 6014 ( TBC² 1547 ). ar fir do laechtach(t)doi fritt `by the truth of thy valour', RC x 214.21 .

(b) the lay state, life of a layman : dobert a rogha dia dhalta in loechdacht no an cleirchecht, etc., Lism. L. 3058 . is lor dam [a ḟat] itú [oc]on loechdhacht so `long enough have I been at this layman's work', 1950 .