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dech adj indecl. deg Wb 23 a 3 . 31 a 6 (in both cases
before the verb as a verbal particle and only slightly
accented;deg-asmad-(génatar)and not due todag, as
65 Thurneysen Handb. 227 suggests).deich Tig.A.D.648 .
techwith unaspirated d after the cop.as, Mil 37 d 3 .
73 a 10 .—Old- and Mid.-Ir. sup. ofmaith good. In Mid.-Ir.
gradually superseded byferr, the constantv.l.ofdechin
late MSS. Analog.dechu, Alex. 57 (LB).deachaO'R.
5—dech .i. maith, Stowe Gl. 315 . Arch. i 62 no. 115 . O'D.
Suppl.death .i. maith, Stowe Gl. 76 (if not =deagh).
deach .i. fearr. ba dheach .i. ba fearr, O'Cl.is deich .i. is
fearr H 3. 18 p. 530 .—Rhymes withech, Anecd. iii 56.
12 .—Traced toGk.δίκαιος:dechgraece deceos iustus ,
10 O'Mulc. 303 .
AIn the sense of thesuperlative.(1) in apposition to a
subst.:Eo Rossa...dech duilib díriuch dronchrand best of
creatures
RDind. § 160 . (2) predicatively in principal
clauses:is dech a llécud ammain mani ni aithriged it is best
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MT 128. 5 .dech dó (viz.do ríg) fosta cen ḟeirg, Tec.
Corm. 1. 2 . (3) predicatively in relative clauses. (a)aire
échta is deach, Laws ii 152. 1 f.b. ib. 280. 19 .leth is deach
the best half, ib. v 78. 9 .ind ḟir as dech i nÉire FB § 19 .
(b)followed by a genitive or its equivalent(di):anastech
20tíre ised dorat dam, Mil 37 d 3 .ised as dech na riaglae,
Ériu i 193. 1 .anas dech dagóc fer ṅHérenn TBC 441 .do
neoch as dech engnomma bái díb TBC 1675 Y.—ise læch
is dech di ócaib domain SC § 13 .in áge is deach don ḟine
the best chief of the tribe Laws v 502. 21 .sét is deach díb, ib.
25 242. 11 .anas dech di ócaib Ulad TBC 441 .isé is deach
díbsin uile FDG 495 . (c) withdo:it isbest for .cid as dech
do mnáib CZ viii 113. 5 .cid is dech do chléirech LB 260
b 62 .cid is dech do ríg, Tec. Corm. § 1 .ised as dech dó foss
occa MT 159. 6 . (d) withla: deemsthebest , often =is ferr
30la prefers: ised insin astech latsu adopair dait, Mil 73 a 10 .
laech bas dech lib do Ultaib FB § 13 .an robo dech leo
dona trí cóictaib ingen, ib. § 54 .isí cethern is dech la ríg
Temra CF 73. 25 .cia lán bá deach lais FDG 732 YBL
(v.l. budh ferr lais). (e) asdech+ verb:laech as dech fil
35la Ultu FB § 9 .gaiscedach as dech fil díb hé, § 14 .in
cúicedach is dech búi i nHérind TBC 1618 .fáith is d. ¤ búi
i nÉri, Arch. iii 3. 13 . TBC 1104 Y; ib. 1297 . FDG 46 .
Superl.ofmad+ verb (cf.C):hiress innaní as deg roch-
reitset hi Críst, Wb 31 a 6 (positive †madrochreitset).inní
40is dech reithes uad, Laws iii 294. 3 f.b. cliar Augustín...
dech nochartais tredan, Fél. Oeng. Nov. 16 (v.l. dóig,dáig).
Looser is the connection with the verb in the foll. instances:
anas dech dorala i Cruachain, Toch. Fer. 384 .rí as dech
tánic in ndomon BDD § 39 .isí oiged (= aided) as deachu
45dothaed ríg, Alex. 57 . ib. 56 . Frequent in the phrase
Fib (amail) as dech+ verb:fib as deg ropriched, Wb 23 a 3 .
eclais Dé...bíd a cert for leth feib as dech robái, Fél. Oeng.
4. 10 .feibh as dech atsaitar dilsi, Ériu ii 4 n. 46 .feib
as dech atchuas LL 147 a 16 .coro ícthar friss feib as
50dech atberat fir Héirenn TBC 1613. 1622 .feib as deach
rocuṁdaighedh feathal a nÉrinn FM ii 1156. 12 .—tucusa
cor ┐ coibchi duit amail as dech téit do mnái TBC 44 . ib.
2041 .donug amail is dech, Anecd. iii 56. 12 .amal is
deach rotarclumad cech fled riam, Alex. 54 .
55 BIn the sense of the comparative and followed byoldás,
indás:ní rogab Albain ríg is deach oldás Domnall Brecc
FDG 455 YBL (v.l. as fearr, Stowe MSS).ní rabatar
ceitherna ríg Temrach ní ba deach ina occu side YBL
325 a 25 . This usage arose through analogy withferr.
60 COir.dech mad+ verb =dech+ verb (A e supra),
superlativeofmad+ verb (mad-bocht,mad-búi,mad-génair
&c.). This idiom has been concluded from the following
instances:caite téchta prímgeine...cach fermac arosloice
broind a máthar iar cétmuintir cóir cona coibsenaib réir
65a nanmcharat dech mo lesaigther eclais, Laws iii 38. 10
(Sench. Mór, main text)..i. is deg mo lesaiges in eclais...
.i. as dech lesaiges eclais, ib. 38. 22 (Comm.).—Ragallach
mac Úatach gaeta dé muin geleich: Muirenn deich moro-
chich (.i. rocaín) Cathal deich modereich, Tig.A.D.648
5(Oir. Poem, disyll.deäc,neët).—is tri ḟír flatha cach tlachta
dia nime dech marómnaiter LL 293 b 18 . The Mid.-Ir.
equivalent ofmad-ismo-(ma-):mogénair, ormon-:mon-
génair LU 36 b 7 ; BB 479 a 29 ;ní mandernais LL 268 b 43 .
The latter occurs in the Four Masters version of the poem
10quoted above:M. dechmon ro cich C. dechmon derich
FM i 260. 4 .
adj dech fri bestor mostdistinguishedin:na hollumain
┐ anis deach fri cech ndán olchena FDG 25 .