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1 foirbthe adj io-iā (part. of for-fen) n s. foirbthea [sic] Wb
19a11 . forbtiu, Mon. Tall § 36 . formbthi § 35 .; in later
lang. frequently written foirfe. Compar.: foirbthiu Wb
50 13d29 . Superl.: fuirbthium, Mon. Tall. § 25 .
Lit. ` finished, completed ,' hence I (a) complete, perfect ,
in moral sense, usually of persons or abstract qualities :
ba foirbthea a ires sidi Wb 19a11 . nert f. ¤ (gl. perfecta virtus)
Ml 35d14 . serc f. ¤ Tur 32 . d s m. i mbethid noib foirbthiu
55 Ml 74d9 . d s f. isin frescsin foirbthi Wb 6d11 . a p f. foirbthi
(gl. perfectas) Ml 124c4 .
lucht na deṡerci forpthi LB 168a58 ( PH 3494 ). foirbthi,
feidli SR 4857 . do folsigud a umalloti forbthi LU 2572 .
naemthacht f. ¤ ZCP xiii 179.21 . filedha forbthe finished
60poets
(i.e. masters of their art), Ériu iv 162 § 24 (cf. file
neamhfoirbhthe, Content. xxv 6 ). ridire glic forbfe, Fier.
28 . With I N- of subject, quality, etc.: ba foirfe in gach
foghluim, Ériu v 78.11 . gurbo foirfe isin scriptuir é BNnÉ
317 § 3 . forbtha i ffoc[c]hluim gach gaisgidh, Leb. Gab.
65 i 222 . fer rob ócc n-aoisi, ┐ roba foirfe i n-eineach ┐ i
n-eangnamh FM v 1690.13 . Cf. corrop f. ¤ cách in operibus
ministerii aeclesiae Wb 22a10 .
In religious lit. used like NT Gk. ἅγιος in sense religious,
holy: oís f. ¤ Wb 22a13 . comarde oísa foirbthi (gl. sanctos)
70 22b15 . forcital oísa foirbthi (gl. spiritalibus .i. hominibus
perfectis in fide) 8c3 . hua huathad do aís foirbthiu (gl.
paucis uirtutis studio praeditis) Ml 90c11 . dond áos fuirbti,
Mon. Tall. § 23 . coic deichnebuir ... do aes foirfe, Lism.L.
2071 . combat foirbthiu ar chách for ṅgnímae (gl. stabiles
75estote et immobiles abundantes in opere Domini) Wb 13d29 .
tech sruithi bet fuirbthium hisind tír that are holiest Mon.
Tall. § 25 . timmna forbthi in Athar nemda holy (contr.
with `accobar anforbthi') LB 132a17 . ba forpthi anoraigthe
a lá-sa (of Sunday) 203a51 = Ériu ii 196y . ni co forpthi
80noscarait, acht is co collaide spiritually ... carnally PH
5802 .
(b) Less frequently, in literal sense, of things: foirbthe
ar anfoirbthiu `a perfect (number) for an imperfect ' (gl.
decem millia) Wb 9a10 . aram f. ¤ a perfect number Thes. ii
8531.25 . āirim anforbthe amal atā a .iii. ... āirim forbthe
ut est a sē ... airim ollforbthe ut est a dō dēc, Auraic. 1445 .
nuimir foirpti 3052 . hi foraithmut airmae foirbte inna
n-apstal, Stowe Miss. 65b ( Thes. ii 254 ). fiche bliadhain
buanḟoirfe, Content. xxx 11 . Of buildings, hills, etc.: san
ráith ḟoirfe TD 25.2 . learga foirbhthe `smooth slopes'
5 13.13 . eadrod ┐ sliabh Sióin is iomdha ... beann ḟoirbhthe
uathmhar, DDána 20 § 5 . fionnráth ... líoghfhoirfe `per-
fected in colour
' O'Gr.Cat. 474.14 .
(c) of persons and of age ripe, mature, often aged: foirfe
` perfect, also old, ancient, antique, ripe for the grave ' P.O'C.
10 in tan ... robu lan a tricha bliadan ┐ ro siacht a n-aes f. ¤ ,
Trip.² 241 ( Arch. iii 12 ) = Anecd. iii 30.23 . foghlaim ad
lenph ani ... dodenad tarbhad dhuit anuair do bethea mor
no foirbhthe, Ériu v 134 § 82 . na ule dóeni do esergi i fer
forbthe fully grown LU 2620 ( RC xxv 244 ). do chéile ní
15fear foirbhthe `not yet a grown man' GF, Ir. Monthly 1919,
455 . ar mbeith 'na mhacamh foirbhthi do [sic leg.] a grown-
up youth
ITS xvi 100.28 . Of old age: Aedh ... do tesdail
a n-ais foirbthi RC xvii 374 . duine ... robui a n-aoiss foirpthe,
Fl.Earls 130.6 .
20(d) hence of persons old, aged (a late use, see P.O'C.
cited in prec. section): ba foraesta forbthi ... in rigan.
TTebe 2749 . Phorfas foirfi 2650 (= senior Phorbas Theb.
vii 253 ). a Dhé nimhe ḟoirbhthe óig ! `aged and yet young'
A.O'Dálaigh xxxvii 5 . atá tu ársaidh foirbhthe liath,
25 Oss. iv 38.9 . atáimsi foirfe agus aosta ... Josh. xxiii 2 .
Of things : drochbhothán ... foirbhthe, TSh. 2721 . as e
an tAdhamh sin ... prim-iosdad foirbthiu ... gacha foghalta
fine MR 98.12 . Cf. Flann F. ¤ , AU 715 (rendered `Old
Flan
' in the 17th cent. transl., see n .).
30(e) denoting a high degree, of quality, etc.: fuacht
foirfe ZCP xii 389z . cf. a mbeirt fhuarfhoirfe iairn (of
armour), Studies 1921, 418 . foirfe an coll `complete is the
ruin
' 1919, 73 an fíothal foirbhthe `the veriest wretch'
O'Bruad. iii 8 . n
35 II As abstr. : an ḟoirfe, an ḟoirpe (v.l. oirpe) IGT iv 123 .
Cf. forbaide.

2 foirbthe : x see forbaid.

foirbthech adj o-ā (cf. co craisigh forbthigh fo coim LL 393b11 ).
In late lang. old, aged (cf. foirbthe) : Cf. dlighid na foirfidhe
40bheith na ndaoinibh diadha = (church) elders Carswell 45 .
foirfighe 47 . g p. ré toil na minisdreadh agus na bfoirfidh-
each ibid.

foirbthecht n ā,f. an ḟoirfecht , an ḟoirpecht (v.l. oirpecht)
IGT iv 123 . (a) perfection, completeness: Oliuerus ridire
45... is leor forbfecht (leor a f. ¤ v.l.) Fier. 28 . do thogh P.
... f. ¤ dilius na stairi so as gach uili sdair ZCP xiii 179.29 .
ass foirfeacht a ffirinne, Fl. Earls. 92.25 . tre foirfeacht
na subhailci = perfectione virtutum Instructio 110.35 . Of
age : a ffoirfecht aoissi ... a shenathar when his grandfather
50was an aged man
Fl. Earls 130y . macaomh go méin bhfoir-
feachta, Cl. AB 174 . In moral sense : i tarmescómlud o
phecdachaib co forbthecht holiness PH 3507 . foirbhtheacht
bheathadh, Parrth. Anma 262 . atá foirfeachd specialta
an trócaire do dhénamh ar an tté thug aindlighedh dhuit,
55 Mac Aingil 141.15 .
(b) old age: ret fhoirfeacht, a fhalluing donn `so old
you are
' Ir. Review 1912, 378 § 5 .

foirbthetu n t, [m.], later f. (foirbthe) a s. foirbthetid Wb
31d17 . foirbthetith 2c11 , 27c28 . foirb[the]taid Ml 35c17 .
60 d s. foirbthetu Wb 1a9 , 2d2 , etc. foirbthetaid Ml 35c14 ,
foirbdetaid 74c17 . g s. foirbthetad Wb 14c14 . Ml 19a10 .
Perfection, completeness (generally in moral sense) : ó
domanicc f. ¤ (= quando factus sum vir) Wb 12c9 . tre foirb-
thetith far precepte Wb 27c28 . ara foirbthetu fadesin
65 because of his own perfection 6c19 . f. ¤ hirisse 1b1 . f. ¤ neirt
Ml 128d18 . hi foirbdetaid ┐ noibi 74c17 . dénma degnima
┐ foirbthetad 19a10 . feidligthetu na fuirbthitad (= per-
severantiam perfectionis signum) Rawl. 70a17 .

foirbthidecht n ā,f. moral perfection, holiness: go raibe
70an forbtighect-sa ag C., BCC § 16 . ceim foirfidhechta
§ 50 . ar tuicsin fhoirbfhidhechta an leinb § 250 .

foirbthigid(ir) v g (foirbthe) 3 s. rel. pres. foirbthigedar
Wb 4d6 . 1 s. subj. pres. pf. rofoirbthiger 7a9 . perf. ind. 2 s.
rofoirbthichsersu Ml 43d17 . rofoirbthichser 50c13 . Pass.
75 pres. s. rel. foirbthigther Tur 45 ( Thes. i 487 ). past subj. s.
no foirbthichthe Wb 32d5 . Vn. foirbthigud, q.v.
I Trans. finishes, completes, makes perfect ; gl. consummare
Tur 45 . Wb 7a9 , 32d5 . perficere Ml 50c13 . forrassaissiu
.i. rofoirbthichsersu (gl. proficisti) Ml 43d17 . rofoirbthiged
80ho Christ ... in gním tindarscain Iohain Tur 49 . briathar
foirbthigedar in duine i ndírgi caíngnima Wb 4d6 . rogell
A. co forbthechfed andi-sin would fulfil TTr.² 1598 . is a
Rōim ... ro foirbthig a bethaig ended his life ZCP xii 373.33 .
ro foirbtighid ... na nimi ┐ in talam ... isin .vi. ló (of the
85Creation) BB 15b59 . ní haois fhoirfidheas it is not age
[alone] that brings maturity Cl.AB 59 . ri is mo ro forbtig Dia do cech maith 'king whom God made most perfect in every good quality' Ann. Conn. p. 2.22 .
II Rarely intrans. becomes complete, attains maturity:
foirbhtighit na subailce 'sna heslanaib virtues are perfected
in the weak
BNnÉ 219 § 105 . no go bhfoirbhfidhid na
hóighríogha attain manhood ML 114.15 . cnuas nar foirpig
5(: choilltibh) IGT III ex. 936 (foirfidh ; foirpidh v.l.).