leithscél

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Last Revised: 2019

n (leth + scél)

(a) a one-sided or biased story; one side of a dispute : gan bhreith idir truagh is tréan | do bhreith ar luagh ná ar leithsgéal 'no judgement between the wretched and the powerful is tainted by bribe or bias', Ériu lviii 142 § 8 . go bhfeasadh luighe ar leithsgéal 'until he can distinguish between an oath and an accusation', Ériu lxiv 162 § 1.4 . na beir luaithbreith ar leithscél do not be quick to judge one side of the story, Acall. 1414 . gach agra dá bhfuil againn ┐ gach leithscéal dá bhfuil agaibhsi, Maguires of F. 74 .

(b) excuse : ag déanamh locht gan leithsgéal `inexcusably', Dán Dé xxi 4 . leithsgéul sonn re sesamh t'fhiach an excuse for not paying you what I owe you, L. Cl. A. B. 163.45 . lethsgéul . . . fa ghnóaighe nach édir do chor ar cáirde make pressing affairs an excuse, RSClára 77a . In various constructions with gaibid: dá ngabhthar leo mo leithsgéal if they accept my excuse, DDána 21 a. 23 . aighne géar nach géabha ar leithsgéal, 59.3 . gabhadh an lēaghthó[i]r leithsgéal an sgrīobhneóra, Párl. na mB. 3218 . in lethscel dogab S. do `the excuse that S. made for him', ZCP vi 280.31 . níor ghabhais acht leith-sgéal lag `you gave but a lame story about . . .', Content. iv 57 . geubhad . . . mo leithsgél, L. Cl. A. B. 62.90 . na bi a' gabhail leith-sceil dot bhriathraibh fein, ITS xxix 130.33 . do ghabháil a lethsgél ar ainbhḟios to excuse herself on the ground of ignorance, RSClára 65a .