ansu

Cite this: eDIL s.v. ansu or dil.ie/3794

Forms: annsa

adj compar. and superl. of 1 ansae in meaning (more) beloved, dear(er), etc. (see Gwynn, Hermathena xvi (1911) 382 - 384 , Breatnach, Éigse ix 161 - 162 ): ciar bo annsa re Pedar a Sláinicidh rob annsa ris[in] Slainicid Iohan, TFrag. 112.15 . conid andso anmcharde Dé oldás anmcharde dóine so that the spiritual guidance of God is preferable to that of men(?), LL 282a29 . fer as ansam robai ín Ere, BB 383a27 . Usually with follg. LA (the special meaning may have originated in this construction): is ansu limsa mo thech oldás mo trebad uli, LU 8386 ( FB 26 ). in nonbur as ansu leis dia muintir, Lib. Hymn. 87.z . ci[a don] triarsin lenab andsa mé, IT ii2 123.45 . marbadh in aenduine rob annsa lium, ZCP vi 49.23 . le Dia is annsa íorna mná / ná almsa ríoghdha dá ria, DDána 42.37 . is tú is annsa lium do ghein dearest of mortals, ZCP vii 302.16 . issed indmus ba hannsom leis, Fianaig. 6.5 .

Hence in later lang. annsa love, affection . f., IGT Abstr. Nouns § 12 . gan ar dtoil ┐ ar n-annsa uile d'fhagháil desire, what one wants , Desid. 2823 . tré iomad a n-annsa dhó, TSh. 5952 . soighdeoir na hannsa, DDána 78.6 . do chuir a n-annsa fa Éirinn he made them loved throughout Ireland, Aithd. D. 31.1 . dob í ar n-annsai-ne a fhochoinn love of us was its cause, Dán Dé xv 19 . gidh leasg dhún dul dar n-annsa though I am loth to forsake my beloved, KMMisc. 242.4 . dar n-annsa for love of us, IGT Decl. ex. 857 . bheith na hannsa ní shéanfam we shall not deny being in love with her, Dánta Gr. 6.22 . mh'annsa my beloved, 44.9 .