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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gradually superseded byferr, the constantv.l.ofdechin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
15to
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 .

dech-, prefsuppl. totéit,q.v.

15 dechaid xoccasionally =degaid,q.v.

dechain f.( YBL 153 b 36 :do dechain siu is dechain
sladaigi hi),vn.ofdechaid. Often writtendḟéchain(e.g.
Ac. 4011 ) under the influence offéchain. A Mid.-Ir. forma-
tion (LL, YBL, Lism., Rawl.&c.).g s. dechana, Laws i
20234. 1 Comm. f.b. Act of looking or gazing at.de-
chain:táncatar do d. ¤ inn áir LL 177 b 49 . CRR § 55 . YBL
153 b 36 (v. supra).rucad iarsin do d. ¤ nime ┐ ifirnd RC
xxvi 140 § 14 YBL.acd. ¤ gnúisi Dé cen fial, ib. 142
§ 19 .ac d. ¤ gnúisi Dé, Snedg. 35. 13 .aimsir a dechana
25in scátha, Laws i 234. 1 f.b. a lec mór...do d. ¤ ní hord
uabhair, Ériu ii 166. 53 (Rawl.).co tairg dúinn a d. ¤ CZ viii
229 st 2 ( Eg. 90 ).d. ¤ rodechsat na slúaigh, ib. 563 st 28
(Hy Maine).in d. ¤ rodechas seochum, Ac. 5017 .ac d. ¤ na
hailli ┐ na habhann, ib. 4841 .do dechain MR 142. 7 .—
30 déchain:dá choloṁain...┐ cách díb oc d. ¤ a chéile, TTr.²
43 .indas in toichmi thuc leis do d. ¤ in banchuiri, ib. 498 .
degain:gan deghain do ghrádh a ccorp FM vi 2172.
24 .dféchain:dochúaid dféchain na selga, Ac. 4011 .
—Synon. dechsain,cf. esp. TTr.² 44 .

35 déchaid v ā, Mid.-Ir. contamination offégaid(féchaid)
anddécaid(doécai). A frequentv.l.ofdécaid(e.g. Fél.
Oeng. Prol. 201 . CCath. 5767 ). In late MSS usually re-
placed byféchaid( FDG 105. 171 , Stowe MSS). Often
speltdḟéchaidunder the influence offéchaid.—pr. ind. 3 sg.
40 déchaid, Fél. Oeng. Prol. 201 LB.dḟechaid PH 984 .rel.
dhéachas ML 124. 1 .ódḟéchas PH 7101 .subj. 2 sg.(in
the sense ofipv.)décha LB 159 b 8 . dechasu, CCath. 3317 .
O'Cl.dégha, Ac. 2269 .imp. 2 sg. déch R.I.A3 B 22,
111 b 6 .dféch PH 7640 .2 pl. déchaid(si), CCath.
45 5182 . PH 3108. 3283 .3 pl. dfechatsom PH 2656 .
pass. 3 sg. dechar,decht[h]ar,dechthar, Anecd. i 47 § 7
YBL.dḟéchair PH 7543 .3 pl. dḟechtar, Anecd. i 48.
1 v.l. fut. 1 sg. nídechub , Ac. 6416 .fut. sec. 1 sg.
dechfaind FDG 105 .pret.(perf.)1 sg. rodechus, Ac.
50 5017 .dodechus, 5025 .3 sg. déchais CRR § 10 . RC
xxvii 278 § 33 .dechais MR 286. 4 . Fél. Oeng. Prol.
201 v.l. radéch LL 206 b 5 f.b. rodéch CZ vii 306. 27 .
rodech Lec. 335 c 37 .rodhéch FM 1740. 7 .rodḟech
PH 2749 .dodech IT ii2139. 1 , 3 .nír dḟ. PH 73 .nár
55 dhéch SG 216. 35 .—rodéchustar FDG 171 YBL.3 pl.
rodechsat, CCath. 2786 (v.l. rodechsatar). CZ vii 563 st
28 . RC xxvi 140 § 13 .PASS. pr. ind. 1 sg. nomdechtar
sa LU 123 a 8 .3 sg. dechtar, 123 a marg. prt. 3 sg. ro-
dechad, CCath. 5767 . —VN. déchain,déchsain,q.v.
60 IIntr. and abs. looks,gazes,directsthesight , of a
searching gaze as opposed toadcí; frequent in the phrase:
déchas...┐ adcondairc he looked...and saw. Often like
fégaidjoined todercaid:dercais ┐ déchais CRR § 40 .Cf.
LL 176 a 41 . Glossed byféchaid, O'Cl.— (a) with cogn. acc.:
65 dechain rodechsat na slúaig CZ viii 563 st 28 .in dechain
rodechus seochum co facca in síd, Ac. 5017 .déccain radéch
uad in rí LL 206 b 5 f.b. (b) withforintroducing the
object:ó rodéch Bécán for Díarmait ised ispert CZ vii 306.
27 .dḟechaid in rí forru PH 984 .rodḟech Piláit forin popul
5┐ atconnairc..., ib. 2749 .an bhean éidigh dhéachas (v.l.
ḟéachas) ar bhur sluaghaibh ML 124. 1 . (c) abs.dechais
úaidh fodhes ┐ atconnairc timthirecht angel RC xxvii § 33 .
dercais ┐ déchais...dara ais CRR § 40 .intí nár dhéch
dara ais riam SG 216. 35 .déchaid si acaib fén masa meisi
10atáid diarraid PH 3108 .a Thigherna tarr ┐ déch R.I.A
3 B 22,111 b 6 .
II Looks at,views,searches,inspects,examines . (a) trans.
rodechsad in duilleann ┐ in scél robái indti RC xxvi 140
§ 13 .rodéchustar uile hí (sc.in fled) itir biad ┐ ḟín FDG
15 171 YBL (v.l. roḟechastar).dechar (v.l.dechtar) duind in
mael sa riabach, Anecd. i 47 § 7 YBL.dechthar (v.l.
dfechtar) duind na hairghi uili, ib. 48. 1 .dodechus in tech
umum ┐ atchonnarc..., Ac. 5025 .ó dḟéchas in fírén brechtrad
na sualach...togaid,&c. PH 7101 . ib. 73 .co ndeachaid for-
20an ccnoc ┐ rodhéch uadha na ratha rodoiṁne FM V 1740. 7 .
décha in cros sa amal atberum...ara ṅderntar latsu in
fuath sa(i.e.the cross)do chur i slait móir LB 159 b 8 .
(b) abs., in a transf. sense, looks,searches,considers ;esp.
frequent in the imp. and subj. mood.dégha let a Oisín cia
25ica raibe, Acall. 2269 .decha su féin masa chóir amlaid
sin consider thou if that be just CCath. 3317 .Cf. déchasa
.i. féchsa, O'Cl.dfechat som cindus bías sin fa deoid PH
2656 .dḟéchair annsin in ḟuil gáel duit risintii for ghlaccais,
7543 .—minab lór lett a nabair annso dféch thuas isin dara
30aithne, ib. 7640 . Here also FDG 105 :dá ndernaind...
nocha dechfaind (v.l.fechfaind) céill ná cond.—Often like
Eng.look = take care, make sure, see that, esp. inimp.:
déchaid si conárab drochiartaigi díb fén ina chrochad
PH 3283 .
35 IIIIdiomatically withiarmairt attaches importanceto,
givesattentionto,considers :ní rodechsat (v.l.rodechsatar,
rodecsatur) iarmairt dá nanmannaib ar ní dechaid a súil
fria mbeathaid, CCath. 2786 .ná dechaid(sic C iv 3 p. 19 ;
v.l.decaid)a bhecc diarmairt don longphort sa acht cosnaid
40...in longphort lánsaidbir asa teccatt in slóg út, ib. 5182 .a
ingen...ní dechub duit íarmarta, Ac. 6416 .
IV ní trócaire rodechad (v.l.rodécad) forra no mercy
was shewn to them
(Stokes), CCath. 5767 (idiom. use
ofII).
45MOD.obs.