amainse

Cite this: eDIL s.v. amainse or dil.ie/3062

n [, f.] (amnas). See Zimmer, KZ xxx 96 - 8 .

(a) sharpness, hence fierceness, harshness, severity (of persons): cosmail fri delg ar amuinnsi, H 3.17, 86.11 . amandsi ┐ faobruidhi ind fir, Anecd. ii 56 § 18 . ar a n-aniardacht ┐ ar a n-amhainsi (of warriors), TBC 5653 . nír bo mór amainsi cáich dib fri áraile, LU 1232 (`cunning', Im. Brain ii 295 ). cairigud cech n-aimlere / cen amainsi, cin nāire, ZCP vii 311 § 10 . fri mnai mir co mínaire co n-amainnsi nuall- braisi, LL 386a49 .

(b) astuteness, cleverness, subtlety (in good sense): ar gaís ar áine ar a.¤ , LU 10299 . in cóiced [súalaig] in trebaire (.i. a.¤), PH 6853 . ar amuinnsi ngaisi, Laws v 28.12 Comm. cetheora aibgitre gaisi .i. cethre bunaidh na hamainnsi, O'Dav. 1 . gach diamair dhana, gach amhainsi ealathan . . . do cuisin, Leb. Gab. 172.10 . liubhra ┐ ealadhna lána d'amhainsi ┐ d'inntleacht, FM ii 924.10 . ruc Íth de brithem- naib Herend ar a.¤ ┐ ar thacra, LL 1477 ( Leb. Gab. 244.17 ). amainsi acra astute litigation(?), O'C. 453 ( H. 3.18, 242 ) (see féig). go namhainsi indtleachta ┐ aigneadh, FM vi 2374.1 . mo amainsi do Énna, ZCP viii 305.3 . a n-uaill ┐ a n-amainsi ┐ a n-irdarcus na muintiri sin, Anecd. ii 49.4 . amuinsi a n-Grégcuib (as a national characteristic), ZCP i 112.18 . amal bói dia amainsi as he was so astute, Alex. 1015 = a amaindsi ┐ a glicca, BB 499b18 .

Hence (c) cunning, craft in bad sense: ar do glicce ar th'a.¤ , SR 1140 = ar th'a.¤ ┐ ar do thuaichli, MacCarthy 50.12 ( LB 110b15 ). a rurcc a tíachra ┐ a n-amainsi (of temptations), ZCP vi 258.8 . With special idea of magical skill: froma[d] uptha dús in bud amainsi, Laws i 180.30 Comm. doberat la amhainsi ┐ tuaithle dorcha for dreich ngréne, BLism. 121 va11 . doniter la tuaichlecht ┐ amuinsi freasdul in rígh gin faircsi neich dia dēnumh `(magical) cunning', Marco P. 52 . cleasaighecht ┐ amuinsi `tricks and jugglery' (entertainment at a banquet), 79 . Cf. amnas (b).