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neimní

Cite this: eDIL s.v. neimní or dil.ie/33043
Last Revised: 2019

Forms: nephní, neph-, nef-, ne(i)m-, ne(i)mp(h)-, ne(i)mth-, nephní, neimthní

n neut. indecl. (nem-+ní `thing') O.Ir. nephní, Mid.Ir. variously neph-, nef-, ne(i)m-, ne(i)mp(h)-, ne(i)mth-.

Nothing: nephní, gl. nihil, Sg. 95a3 . neimthní, gl. nil, Ir. Gl. 978 ; gl. nul, 988 . ní du nephní, gl. non de nihilo, Ml. 69c7 . in rí | dodos-rosat do nemphní who has created them out of nothing, SR 564. fég na duli . . . co ndernta do nemní tría nert in Chomded, LU 2726 ( RC xxv 252 § 36 ). ro thusmis na huli do nefni tria bréthir, PH 4796. Nothingness, nullity: is nephní sin uile fia[d] Día, PH 5876. neimhtní gach ní acht Día, BNnÉ 3 z . do dhála gidh neimthní anocht, Measgra D. 56.39 (addressed to the castle of Donegal, destroyed in 1595). is n.¤ limm (expressing scorn or disapproval): nephni lem robad re n-ēnlæch dam, TBC-I¹ 2419 ( = I scorn, pay no heed to, a warning before a single opponent). nefní lim-sa sein, LL 234a43 = TTr. 1286. is nemphní ┐ is nemada lind tregdad in talman, Alex. 859 ( = we deem digging the soil a wrongful waste of time). CCath. 3394 (nemtni). dogní n.¤ de . . . makes nought of, disregards: o ra chuala T. in fástine . . . ni dernai acht nephní di, LL 229b7 ( TTr. 905 ). ni dernad acht nemthni dind, Aen. 30. mogenair duine doni don tṡaegul uile neimni , ACL iii 221.20 . dorónsat neffní ┐ brígh mbicc don uile ghiall, AFM vi 1904.7 .

cuirithir for n.¤

(a) makes light of: mirbuli meic Dé do chur for nefní, PH 6436. ro chuirset for nemhthní na Flemendaigh, AFM ii 1172 x . do chuireabhair mo chómhairle a neimhnidh ye have set at nought, Proverbs i 25. Cf. ro mid ar nefní na huli counted all things as nought, PH 1674. cia dobertha [damsa] ríge . . . adrimfinn ar nempni, Trip. 180.9 .

(b) brings to nought: curid a nert ar nephní, LL 150a14 . díscailfid ar senchas athardha-ne ┐ ar recht ┐ cuirfid for nefní iat, LB 229a24 . beirid (dobeir) ar n.¤ brings to nought: ruc mo nert uile ar nemfni, Acall. 2874. tug ar neimhnidh neart na sluagh, Dán Dé xvii 26 .

téit ar n.¤ vanishes, disappears, perishes : dochuaid ar nemthní ( = e conspectu evanuit), Lat. Lives 91.2 . ro leigh an t-ór ┐ teid for neifní, BNnÉ 106 § 20 . docuaidh a ciall . . . ar nemfní uad his sense left him, ZCP vi 44.31 . ro sgailti na barca ┐ docuatar ass for nemni, Fél. 200.18 . dochuatar for nefni na rig batar anallana i n-uaisle, PH 4261. coíca láech . . . trúag a ndul uili ar nefní, TFerbe 499 . nách deach do reacht ar neffní lest thy law perish (be made void), Ériu iv 180.11 . lingit amach íarum ┐ tiagait for nefní 'they disappear', FDG² 6.192 . Cf. further: baintreabhach bhocht ar neimhní brought to nought, destitute, A. Ó Dálaigh liii 19. tug nemhní i nert dod mhenmain `bring thy spirit to set no store by violence', O'Gr. Cat. 457.11.