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60 esba(e) n io,m.(bae good, profit) uselessness,vanity,
folly;idleness,play,wantonness: easba .i. diomhaoines,
O'Cl. BCC § 399 .mad espe dom a nopridchim if it be useless
Wb 19d17 .bad n-esbae dam du frecur ceill-siu that
it is useless for me to worship Thee
Ml 132b3 .fretech cech
65espi`renunciation of every vanity' Mon. Tall. § 56 .is espa
(.i. is feles) a techt TBC² 169 (= LU 56b22 ).esba .i.
filus, O'C. 1388 < H 3.18,630 .ba hespa ecóir imlúad
trenḟir ri comai cluchi LL 228a36 = TTr. 819 .guide
cech maicc lére...ní hespae, Fél. Epil. 430 .oc cles-
5rad ┐ oc espai dona slogaib=variis lusit artibus
(of a pet fox) Todd Lect. v 85.14 = IT i 46.25 .
dia ndernur uabur no esba commit arrogance or folly
LL 279a30 .u. na hespa 33 . YBL 164a5 .érniud mo
chesta...corop espa olloman a poet's sport(?) LL 141b29 .
10In Laws, with ref. to actsperformed without serious
intention, in the course ofplay,sport,heedless trifling (opp.
totorba, which refers to an act committed in course of
business):in torba no in t-esba iii 96.13 .re bec-
deithbirius no re espa 250.27 Comm. mas re hesba atait
15maraen`if both are (riding) for amusement' 258.10 Comm.
a n-esbo`their idle offences' v 150.26 Comm. Of an
idleperson; oneat play: slan don torbach in t-esba the
person on business is exempt as regards the idler
(if he ac-
cidentally injure the latter) iii 258.16 Comm. gen.as attrib.:
20 raindespai wanton staves LL 110a32 . RC xxiv 46.1 .
TFrag. 34.11 .fri forluamainn-espai `idle volatility' Ériu
vii 172.18 .Cf. Ailill Cethech...cethech .i. beimnechut
diciturbemnech fer espai, Rawl. 124a15 .bá saethar n-espa
dóib tíchtain a vain labor LL 220b22 = TTr. 255 .dercad
25espo, Aisl. Tund. 95.16 .gan ridh [reithv.l.] n-espo
frivolous running(on Sunday) Anecd. iii 21.5 .re heirim
n-espa...re heirim torba riding for amusement...on
business
Laws iii 258.15 Comm. scian espa useless
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(a contemptuous epithet) IT iii 102 § 191 =
30 Bruchst. § 73 . In stricter sense useless,invalid:
teora nadmand aspa invalid covenants Laws iv 54.6 .i
n-esba idle,unoccupied: na bi a n-espa, is ed timarna in
Ri, | lubra, legad, ernaigthi, denadh egin na ni ZCP vii
310.22 .forcetul nó scribend nó cecip tarba, arna beither
35ind-espa...ut Dominus ait: non apparebis ante me
vacu[u]s iii 29.31 .Cf. comhcetlud a n-espaibh BNnÉ
305.28 v.l. im raind a tíri d'espaib | dorigset mor d'imres-
naib SR 5125 .

esbach adj o-ā(esbae) I Useless,vain,purposeless:
40 imchomarc (n-)espach an idle question Ml 35c26 .is
gním n-espach`a deed unprofitable' Met. Dinds. iv 16.9
(Dubthir).is esbach in tsuil glan fil at cind-sa gan a
beith...i bhfail fhir, Lism. L. 1334 = Three Hom. 64.22 .
hespach do neoch a thriall useless for any to set out on it
45 TBC 414 .esbach sin that is foolish (to no purpose) Thes.
ii 307.19 ( Hy ii pref .).espach sin that is folly(of the
act of destroying a town) BCC § 77 .ba esbach comrac ris
CRR 55 .mairg na dingne córa friu fobíth is esbach a
n-écoir do dénam LL 234b15 = TTr. 1303 .ní espach linne
50in flaithius Rómhánach do discáiliudh fódaigh nach beith
tarcaisne neich fort-sa, CCath. 636 .
II Idle,unoccupied: espach no deid(gl.otiosus) Ml
35c25 . Esp. in Laws, Comm.n anidler(stander-by,dis-
engaged person
), oft. opposed totorbach profitable worker: Laws
55iii 242.14 , 23 .nocon fuil dethbir [torbaig] no esbaig iii
482. 3 .slainti espaig ┐ etarbaig idlers and unprofitable
workers
iii 166 z ; 224.10 .is iat ata espaigh and, daine
rocotail iar cur in íaraind isin teinidh 190.23 (cf.:is iat
ata torbaigh and, daíne rocotail ria cur in iaraind isin t.,
60 l.21 ).ar na huile esbachuib uile 242.16 .
Cf. is marb Conn... | ┐ Cormac ┐ Art | easbach an mac
is an t-úa, Fianaig. 42.8 , where we should perhaps take the
meaning to be useless,unavailing i.e. their valour no longer
avails
(since they are dead), butcf.follg.
65 III without good,unfortunate(?): espach éc ríg Mugna
LL 32b12 ; 20 = BB 56a29 ; 37 .do thuitset isin cath... |
clanda C.... | is sluagh na P. gerb easbach, Caithr. Cell. 80 .