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scél n o,n. g s. scéuil, Wb. 17b6 . sceuil, IT i 130.13 . In Mid. and
Mod.Ir. sceoil. d s sceol. n a p. sceulu, Ml. 95a10 ; regularly
45 scél(a), later also sceoil, scéil. g p. scéel, Wb. 27c33 . IGT Decl.
§ 61 , § 178 .
I (a) story, narration, tale : á scel so, Ml. 16c10 . dorimther
a scel sa hí lebraib ríg, 23b8 . inna scel togaitacha gl. fabulas,
35b20 . is ed s. ¤ foraithminedar is indisiu, 55c1 . cech ṅdrochs
50gl. omnis fabula de me illis nascebatur, 86b3 . genelcha et
bunadsi s. ¤ gl. fabulís et genelogís, Wb. 27d21 . do scélaib et
senchassib fetarlice, 30d10 . nosmoidet i scéláib et senchassib
recto et geintlecte, 31b14 . génair Patraicc i nNemthur | iss ed
adfét hi scēlaib, Hy. ii 1 ( Thes. ii 308 ). la hindisi in sceoil iar
55nurt, Ir. Texts i 18 § 54 . a bás ba s. ¤ ṅiṅgir, Fél. Dec. 21 . is
é seo s. ¤ gnáthaiges Héli do innisin, LU 2272 ( FA 33 ). tairngire
┐ remḟastini, ┐ cendphairt in sceóil...connice sin, TBC 297 .
scela ┐ senchusa Fher n-Erenn conigi C., MacCarthy 280.27 .
debide scailte na scel, 140.15 . Story as a literary genre, accom-
60plishment: dech sceoil ac in tamuin, Laws i 46.1 Comm .
primsceil, 3 Comm . coic cóicait de primscélaib ┐ dá cóicait
do ḟoscelaib, LL 189b48 ( MS. Mat. 583 ). Of well-known
stories: conid hi Serclighi Ailillu ainm in sceuil sin ┐ Tochmarc
Étainiu, IT i 130.13 . conid de aislingiu Oengusso ainm in
65sceuilsin iss Tain bo Cuailnge, RC iii 347.5 . Note also: cumais
an t-ollamh...| sgéal fábhaill `an original fable', TD 3.32 .
sgeóil...dá ngoirthear parábolae, Desid. 3544 . D p. as quasi-
vn.: biaid sē oc scēlaib `relating tales', Ériu viii 156.8 . ? In
sense of soiscél: anmchara ac forcetal scēl, Arch. iii 223.22 ,
70`a soulfriend to hold forth and preach', O'Gr. Cat. 579 . hiris hi
cridi...scēla i n-ecna...| ┐ spirut i n-intliucht (poem assign-
ing the intellectual faculties to various parts of the body),
Arch. iii 223.15 .
(b) story told of a particular person, hence fame, reputation:
75 Nazair s. ¤ cech senaid renowned in every senate, Fél. July 12 .
la sreith slóig Z., | ata s. ¤ ro clotha, Aug. 24 . ropu lán Hériu
...dia allud ┐ dia scélaib, TBFr. 12 . bid irrdhairc a scela
`glorious will be his story' (of a babe about to be born), RC vi
176.83 . Perh. also in: roscarad frit' s. ¤ | ardflaithius macc
80n-Israhél (Samuel informs Saul that his kingdom is to be
given to David), SR 6501 . Pejoratively: cach rí nach maithenn
chíos | is fata bhít a scéla his (bad) reputation is long lived,
387.31 .
(c) news, tidings (sg. and pl. Cf. an sgéala, Ériu i 87.41 ): cen
85sculu (leg. sceula ?, note) diib without tidings of them, Ml.
95a10 . nicon agathar drochscela du thabairt cucai `bad
tidings
', 129a12 . bar scéuil si (g s.) news of you, Wb. 17b6 .
attaat scela linn `we have tidings', 18d4 . én, a meic, mór a s. ¤
s. ¤ ó Bruidin, BDD² 304 . ni fogni laisim fachmarc scel dóib
`it is not his usage to ask them for news', Mon. Tall. 2 (127.16) .
5 ro ḟiarfuigh sceula dib, an fúaratar sgéulu Midir ┐ Etáini, IT
i 129.30 . condnoathatar...na scela...do Ch., CRR 8 .
With ellipsis of vb.: scéla lat or C. hast thou news? LU 5561 .
scéla lat na Bruigne Dá Derge ?, BDD² 1519 . sgēl lim dūib
I have news for you, ML² 1615 . news of a defeat, slaughter: ni
10therno dib acht a scela (i.e. there were no survivors. But see
sceola), Dinds. 145 ( RC xvi 158 ). fer innise scéoil, TTr.² 1499 .
ni mo na lin inninsi scel do cuaid leo as `enough to tell what had
happened
', Cog. 38.2 . fer innisti scel, CF 388 . sgéala 'ga
thechtoibh ón troid, L. Cl. A. Buidhe 77.21 . With follg. gen.
15of the subject of the news: ara ḟoillsi...ro indis scéla Crist,
Trip.² 13 . bá bés disi dono sgel feinnid do chuingidh to ask
for news of Fenian warriors
, RC vi 174.21 . sgéla deiridh
aimsire, Ir. Texts iv 76.22 . Note also: sgéala na bhfear
bhfáisdine the prognostications of the prophets, TD 4.36 . fear
20an sgeoil `the bearer of the story', TFrag. 28.10 .
(d) information, account, statement (sg. and pl.): nicon chloor
act for caíns. `may I hear nothing but good of you', Wb. 23b41 .
for cáinscéil si (a s.), 23d2 . mani cloimmis for ndrogscéla,
26b23 . imcomaircith scela di asks her to give an account of
25herself
, IT i 120.15 . confóchta Ailill scéla di Meidb...cia
lasmad laind...in slúagad asked M. to tell him, TBC 412 .
ben canus scel ngua ac derb-forgell makes a false statement,
Laws v 176.12 Comm . conad ní...da scelaib...conuigi sin
some account of them, TTebe 4922 . do f[h]iarfaigh C. scēla an
30inaid a roibe E. dā eōlchaib asked where E. was, ML² 316 .
sgéla an leinimh what the child said, L. Cl. A. Buidhe 62.84 .
sgeóil ar a bhfuil fíadhnughadh `a statement that can be vouched
for
', Studies 1920, 98 § 8 . ro diult iat uli fo scelaibh refused to
give them any information
, St. Ercuil 520 .
35(e) in phrases: fiss s. ¤ news, tidings, information : fis s. ¤ ó bás
`tidings from death' (i.e. of Christ), Wb. 14b26 . ar lainni fesso
s. ¤ on techtairiu, 14d30 . hóre nad fitemmar fius s. ¤ úaibsi, 16a29 .
cen fius s. ¤ uáibsi, 25a5 . co ndísed ar muinter ó (leg. co?) fius s. ¤
uáibsi, 25a6 , cf. 16b1 . co fesid fiss scéel uánni `so that ye may
40know tidings of us
', 27c33 , cf. 34 . táncamár dot ḟis s. ¤ to inquire
after thee
, LU 2334 . tíagair chuccu do fhis s. ¤ dús cid ro
chaínset to find out, TBFr. 261 . ro festar fis s. ¤ úadib, MU² 951 .
conniastar al Bodb ┐ ethar dal mbliadan friumb co feissiur
fis s. ¤ , RC iii 345.13 . dochuaid B. do fhiss scel a máthar, Lat.
45Lives 69.13 , v.l. (torruma = ut visitaret, text). dá fhear sgéal
an reachta ríogh `the two Apostles of the royal law', PBocht
26.26 . s. ¤ sceoil a story at second hand, hearsay : [nocha] sgéal
sgeoil ag gach dhuine, Aithd. D. 97.36 . do mheabhair nocha
sgéal sgeoil, PBocht 27.20 . Cf. s. ¤ Sceóil, LU 10146 cited infra.
50 roptar scéla innisen damsa scéla Ulad cosindiu till today I
knew of the Ulstermen only by hearsay
, MU² 1009 . s. ¤ brégi do
dheilb to invent a false story, PH 7610 . teachta sgeóil ḟíre
truth-bearing messengers, IGT Decl. ex. 2066 . a sgeoil ghnáith
o common tale (?), Dán Dé xxvi 39 . an sgéal nar sgéal rúin,
55 DDána 17.14 . gach sgéal saortha dá ndeach dhíom if every
excuse
(?) fail me, Dán Dé ix 10 . for, ar óenscéol in agreement
together : ní bar óenscéol atát na drúid se immaig, MU² 452 .
forba na slat mbreacht for aensceol annso all together (?) (at
end of an account of varieties of the metre slat brecht), IT iii
6092.25 . dochum a mbeith ar aon s. ¤ fris fein `to join him', ALC
ii 442.21 . no bittis d'aen scel fri aroile ag tarrachtain aindlesa
De dogres they were in accord with each other, BNnÉ 321 § 26 .
mé as cionntach ar cionn an sgeoil after all, in the last resort,
Aithd. D. 78.39 . do-gní s. ¤ for: ní ferr-de lé Find fein scel do
65denam fair to tell on him, Acall. 5359 . ni feirde an tosd do ni
an bél | sgél do ní an rosg ar an rún the eye betrays the secret, Rel.
Celt. ii 290.31 = Dánta Gr. 38.12 . Eoghan .i. intí d'fhoillsigh
orra sgél Bhoili Ath Cliath dar ghabhadh T[ighearna] Inis
Ceillionn, Cín Lae Ó Meall. 22.11 .
70(f) in chevilles: amru sceóil `wonder of a story', Hy. v 18
( Thes. ii 331 ). s. ¤ cen scís, Thes. ii 293.18 . s. ¤ ṅdermar, Fél.
Mar. 27 . co sceol gle, SR 2555 . s. ¤ cen chess, 3509 . dimbúaid
sceóil, LU 8941 ( FB 71 ).
II (a) reproach, accusation : ní sgéal orum a éagcaoine,
75 Aithd. D. 6.8 . mairg do-ní uabhar thar m'éis | cidh sgéal orm
a fhaisnéis though in saying so I am accusing myself, 33.1
(= IGT Verbs ex. 803 ). nach [biadh] sgéal 'mun fháinne air
that he might not suffer reproach in the matter of the ring, DDána
102.27 . sgéal ag M. ar a muinntir M. had reason to blame her
80people
, 104.15 . tre adhnaire in sceoil do cuiredh uirthi `charge',
St. Ercuil 883 . da raibh sgeul phecaidh mharbhtha ag ar
ccoinsias orainn if our conscience have a mortal sin to reproach
us with
, Luc. Fid. 116.15 .
(b) argument, pleading, defence, excuse (cf. dathagud s. ¤ (one
85of the signs of good pleading), RC xlv 37.5 ): sgéal 'n-a aghaidh
ag cloinn Cholla argument, Aithd. D. 28.9 . agrais E.... a
chunnradh ar C. gC. | fan dá éan...| gan sgéal 'n-a haighidh
umpa, DDána 82.24 . gan fhior sgeóil éigin as m'ucht without
some one to speak for me
, Dán Dé i 2 . dá n-agra budh olc mo
sgéal shouldst Thou plead wretched will be my case, ix 13 . Hence
5in idiom atá x ar s. ¤ y x pleads for y: gan bheith teann i dtigh
nimhe...| ní bhiú dá mbeis-se ar mo sgéal, Dán Dé xiv 20 .
dá mbeid ar mo sgéal, PBocht 9.44 . go mbé an bhanaltra ar
mo sgéal (of Mary), A. Ó Dálaigh viii 2 . bíodh an béal bíodh
an croidhe | ar sgéal an Ríogh le roile let them plead for the
10Lord to each other
(i.e. one should acknowledge the Lord in
thought and word), Dán Dé vii 8 .
III (a) happening, event, circumstance, state of affairs : ropad
bladach a digail | for scéol M. mórgnimaig vengeance for what
happened to M.
, TFerbe 662 . bliadain resin scel sa tanad bó
15C., tanic B....a year before these events..., TBC 6132 . ni s. ¤
fácbala hi lusc it is not a matter of (?), LU 3819 ( SC 37 ). isi
comairle doronsat a mna-somh frisin sceol sin in that matter,
BB 417a42 . is aire...do-rala in s. ¤ -sa, PH 3129 . dā roib fatha
báis N. tre s. ¤ ar talmain is trīt sin bias if anything can bring
20about N.'s death, that will
, ZCP xiii 204.3 . ni roibi d'A. don
sceol sin adconnairc acht taibsi ina menmain of what he had
seen
, Aen. 1453 . sceil aile eiseic `this is another case', Laws iii
50.1 Comm . ní hiad do sgéala `that can not be said of Thee',
Aithd. D. 84.34 . meisde a sgéala so much the worse for him,
25 DDána 74.26 . sgéal bhus cúis iomráith orra `a matter', TD
15.26 . is doiligh an dá scéal tarla dó-san, mar atá a athair do
mharbhadh...┐ a mháthair d'fhagháil bháis, Keat. ii 4241 .
Of a person: go raibh amuigh sgéal ba mhó 'ná é féin `someone
greater than himself
', ITS i 150.3 .
30(b) used in pl. like dála, imthechta, etc., as for, as regards :
scela imorro na himaigine, PH 52 . sgela macc n-U., do
gluaisedar, IT ii2130.210 . sgēla Fir thái...┐ Fir lí..., ro
thinóiletar a slūag, Fianaig. 76.28 . sgéala Bon Róó: do bhī
san champa cúig sechtmhuinidh, Cín Lae Ó Meall. 31.21 .
35(c) bad news, calamity, misfortune : mór an sgéal sin do
rinneadh ann sin, B. do mharbhadh, Ériu i 89 § 36 . do fhiss
in sceoil-se ro-s-toitt fors-in eclais to find out about this cala-
mity
, PH 581 . is bec in scel mo bas `a small matter', ZCP vi
58.27 . sgéal mór fuair C. `a dreadful fate' (death of a warrior),
40 Atlantis iv 180.24 . fa mór an sgél eter Gaoidhealuibh...iad
sin .i. bás Semuis óig ┐ bás mic Leóid, Rel. Celt. ii 216.21 .
Hence of persons one whose death is calamitous, causes great
grief
: nocha ttorchair do Ghaoidhealaibh...sgel budh mó
inas, FM iii 586.3 . C....mortuus est...sgel uirrigh is mó
45tainíg i n-deredh na haimsiri, AU ii 528.z . conid é M....s. ¤
as mó ro fácbad...ann the loss of M. was the most grievous,
ALC ii 318.23 . do budh do sgélaibh móra Connacht an mac
sin...a lleith uaisle, ALC ii 366.19 . is mó do sgéal Fionn ná
sinn `a greater loss is F. than we', Oss. iv 10.9 .
50As n.pr.: Scél...dorsid Emnae Mache is de atá s. ¤ Sceóil
ar bá brasscelach side, LU 10146 . Cf. phr. s. ¤ sceoil supra.
Compds. ¤ baile: ed na haidche dóib...| ar scís oca s.
`at their parleying', Met. Dinds. iv 26.24 . ¤ búaidertha: na
sluaigh scíthanbfanna scélbuaidirtha despondent, Comp. Con
55C. 93.x . ¤ mór: techta scēlmāra (: dērmāra), TBC² 2075 .
lebrānu | cacha screptra scēlmōire storied, BColm. 12.29 .