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liter n(with voiceless -t-), alsolitir.f.(Lat.littera). Earlier
forms:n s. l. ¤ , Sg. 6b11 .litir, 20b3 .g s. litrae, 3b2 .litre,
6b25 .litri, Laws i 16.9 .d s. litir, Sg. 17b3 . Laws iv 208.29
20Comm .n p. litri, Sg. 10a3 .litrae, 3b2 .a p. litre, Sg. 17b1 .
g p. l. ¤ , Sg. 4a8 .d p. litrib, Sg. 17b1 .n du. dilitir. . . in di
litir , Ml. 2d2 .
In later lang. (also ask-stem)n s. l. ¤ , Ir. Gl. 230. litear(litir
proscribed form), IGT Decl. § 54. g s. litreach. St. Ercuil
25 2486. n p. litri, Auraic. 2747. litreocha, IGT Decl. ex. 1398.
litreacha, ZCP vi 280.33 .leitri, Keat. ii 181. g p. litrioch,
Auraic. 2721. litreach, IGT Introd. 5.24 .litreadh, Parrth.
Anma 6287. d p. litribh, PH 2877. litreachaib, BNnÉ 179.12 .
(a) letterof thealphabet :huas litir suidigthir leogl.supra
30literam, Sg. 17b3 .nephaccomoil inna teora liter i n-oen
sillaib, 7b9 .bad l. ¤ sain .g. ┐ bíth character naill di, 6b11 .
ata ind aipgitir ina . . . comcengal litrioch, Auraic. 2721.
caireachtaire .i. fuatha na l. ¤ , 336 =na litrech, 2687 (YBL).
gan díoth na litre as lugha`not one letter harmed', Dán Dé
35 4.23 .is í an leitir úd `tau' an leitir dhéidheanach d'aibghitir
na hEabhra, TSh. 712 .na leitreacha tosaidh`initials', O'Gr.
Cat. 294.30 .coro scrib do letreib orrdai, Grail 3231 . Fig.
an cló ór buaileadh boill do cholla / a chúig litre na luit úd
`those wounds are the five letters left by the nail marking Thy
40limbs
', PBocht 8.19 .
Hence in pluralart ofwriting :is accu sidhe ro hairicit
litri artus, CCath. 1569 .intí na rofoglaind litri riam, Lat.
Lives 44.26 . Note also:cairt do léagh gach éinfhile / a
laoidhibh ┐ litreibh prose writings, O'R. Poems 1050.
45 comórtus and so risin litir so tsuas, O'Gr. Cat. 330.12 (of
hand-writing competition).le leitir loim shoileir an bhiobla
with the clear unadorned text of the Bible, Luc. Fid. 326.10 .
do réir na litreach`literally' (Gloss.), Beatha S.F. 878 .
In phrases,recht litre written(i.e. Christian)law: toairn-
50gertatur do nicfad berla ban bias .i. recht litre, Laws i 16.4 =
in berla mban mbiaid, O'C. 758 ( H.3.18,358b ). More part.
of law of Moses:doratad do Moysi acallaim in Chóimded
gnuis do gnúis dia tarut recht littre dó, RC xii 432.z . Dis-
tinguished fromrecht aicnidof the Patriarchs andrecht in
55spiruta nóimgiven by Christ,theLawand theProphets :atat
teora aimsera ann .i. aimser rechta aicnid, i rabatar uasal-
athraig; ┐ aimser rechta litre i ra-batar fáide; ┐ aimser rechta
in spiruta nóim, i tainic fén .i. Crist mac Dé, PH 3526 .recht
litre i ra-batar fáithe, 5472 .Cf. ateoch frit huili thuicsinchu
60rechta litre im Moysi . . . rechta fatha im Eliam, Ir. Lit. 32.18 .
See also1 recht.aige rechta litre, perh. same as fer léiginn
and suí litre(see below) i.e. cleric learnedinScriptureand
writing :ro airled comdire do rig ┐ epscop, ┐ aige rechta litre,
┐ suad filed, Laws i 40.16 ( ZCP xvi 175 ).aige rechta litre .i.
65don ogae 'ca mbid diriatai na litre . . . fer leiginn eclaisi rig
tuath. Laws i 42.33 Comm .l. ¤ domnaig dominical letter :fis
na leitreach domnaigh, O'Gr. Cat. 290.27 .ag athrughadh
an litir Domhnaigh do bhí ann .i. G ┐ ag ordughadh C 'na
litir Domhnaigh go deireadh na bliadhna, Corp. Astron.
70 10.2 , 3 . Seedomnach.suí litreperh. learned ecclesiastic :
crochet do sai litri, IT iii 188.8 . Note alsobreth litre
judgment accordingto theLaw :dálais Moyse . . . bretha
lánmaithe litre, Ériu iv 136.10 .fear na litri ón ló nach mar /
na fichdi bó ní bronntar poet(?), IGT Decl. ex. 1913.
75(c) letter,epistle,dispatch , freq. plural (cf.Lat.litterae):
scriobhtar litre, ┐ scribhenna uadha go gaoidhelaibh, FM
vi 2000.27 .ro faided litri ┐ scribenna uad docom Antoin,
CCath. 3294 .leithoir litreach, ZCP vi 284.6 .deascán . . . do
leitreachaibh naoimhchléire Éireann is Sacsan go aroile, Keat.
80 iii 42 .scríobh dhamhsa litreacha d'ionnsuidhe mo dhear-
bhratharsi, Maguires of F. 21 .cur corustur legaiti ┐ letri
leu i nErinn, Ann. Conn. 1245.5 .do chuir a' Gen. Eoghan
litreacha na sithchana go C[aptin] Achadh in dá Charad,
Cín Lae Ó Meall. 26.28 . Insg.:bá hed baoí isin litir, FM vi
851930.22 .an trath cuirfidhthear petancia i. litir, chugad,
ITS xxix 202.10 .scríbhinn na litre, Ezra iv 7 .
Of papal briefs:acht nach tangadur a litrecha o Roim
chuige, AU iii 292.6 . Of letters patent:taisbéanuim mo
phaiteinsi féin / . . . tar éis léaghta mo litreach dhóibh, TD
22.7 .
5(d) In plural books,histories,literature :ni thalla i littrib
na llaidib`poetic letters', RC xlvii 289.8 . Leg. of document
proving ownership:litre la caid comarba im ard manach
marb-dilsi, Laws v 498.3 (litt-, SM Facs. 1a ).litre .i. in litir
uasal bis ac na comarbaib, ac a faillsiugad a brite uadh, Laws
10 v 498. 15 Comm .l. ¤ re cach comarbus, MR 90.1 .
Compd.: ¤ threoraid. seetreóraid.

literda adj io, iā(liter) literary,literal . (a) Asadj. forsin bitheolus
litterdha inn oghaim, Auraic. 3950 (=leiterda, 2790 ).a
delidin litterda consisting of letters, 5308 .'na mbreitheamh-
15naibh, ┐ 'na ndaoinibh liteardha, Corp. Astron. 70.z . ?is
inund ┐ fodail litreach cen cob dentar cert líterdha, BB
300b22 .i lleinid (?leg.llinib) literdha lan-comgiditi gacha
caingni`in the context of the written narrative of each event',
MR 270.7 .Cf. doroic Moysi . . . ┐ in recht riglan ro l. ¤ ar n-a
20h-ecur . . . do laim . . . in Duilemun . . . acci, BB 241a37 .
In phr.ciall l. ¤ literal sense :san gceill litiordha(oppd. to:
san gceill fhioghardha), Luc. Fid. 244.13 .ciall liteardha,
Eochairsg. 119.8 .
(b) Assubst. literary man :Enoch . . . ise cetna litterda ro
25bui riam, Rawl. 69b29 =lintda, BB 11a15 ( MacCarthy 286.19
`fowler') with n-stroke misplaced.

literdacht nalsolitredacht ā,f.(literda) booklearning,literature :
in dán inna litredachte`the art of literature', Sg. 33a28 .
litirdheacht leir ┐ rim, Auraic. 55 (cf. 2343 ,litirdacht, ZCP
30 xii 385.9 ).do deallraigeadar dias . . . ┐ do cuiread a naenlo
cum literdhachta iat, ZCP xiii 180.32 .ní raibhe fios litear-
dhachta . . . ag na Sacsanaighibh, Keat. i 66.2 .an drong ag
nach bhfuil liteardhacht nescientes litteras, Rial. S.F. 1549 .
ar ccur eólais ar bheagán do litiordhacht dó, Bheatha S.F. 75 .

35 1 lith n f.(Lat.litus?) shore: conidtanic ind longes dedenach
forsin l. ¤ tuaiscertaig sin, ZCP viii 313.z . ?mad bu Difne de
l. ¤ lerg, / fuadait crithre grinne n-ard, ZCP xi 108 § 5.

2 lith: ind l. ¤ (.i. étach) do pauper(B. na f.), ZCP v 486 § 7.

líth u,m.(perh.vn.oflenaid(cf. O'C. 573 cited below), but
40see Thurn., Stokes Festschr. 20 - 2 ; Meyer, Im. Brain i xvii ).
I (a) festival,feast-day :nachib berar . . . inna llíthueta
ssapatigl.in parte diei festi, Wb. 27a24 .arna lithugl.
propter . . . festa, Ml. 47b2 .nípu séit samil ┐ ind líthe
Veteris, Ardm. 170b2 ( Thes. i 495 ).l. ¤ Germain, Fél. Oct. 1 .
45 l. ¤ fris cuirtir grethae, Jan. 25 .laithe litha, May 5 .i nóen
na líthsa, Ep. 20. etach fri lith . . . no lit sollamain, Laws i
126.15 Comm .Cf. bretnas arnaisc a brat ime, delg ┐ lita
sollaman, O'D. 975 ( H.3.17,679c ) (examples of valuable
mairb-dile).in martír . . . dia ta l. ¤ ┐ foraithmet i n-ecmoc
50na ree-si, PH 1104 .lith ┐ sollamhain naomh M., FM ii
1084.14 .l. ¤ .i. sollamain, O'Cl. Note also:ar líoth síorghola
`upon an occasion of continual weeping' (Gloss.), O'R. Poems
2602.
(b) festivity,entertainment,rejoicing :bil banbruth / forosnai
55l. ¤ luáchet`which illumines a feast', LU 7420 ( BDD 100 ).fri
sia úathib ibiu lithu in Christo Jesu(words of Patrick about
to drink), Trip. 54.15 .ba erdath ┐ ba lith mor . . . la C.C.
ann . . . dona bráithribh, Mon. Tall. 68 .díairithe lítha
`prodigal at a feast', Tec. Corm. § 16.44 .ba loisi lítha
60luamairecht an ti do boi ann sin, ML² 1576 .MacCis cen
líthaib fo lén, SR 6477 .ebair coirm cid iar lithaib, LL
19093 .a rú co crích nír cuired / clú l. ¤ arar' lámuiged
`wherein fame for feasts was sought', Met. Dinds. iii 56.40 .
bréc ilar l. ¤ fri labrad, / acht adrad ríg na n-uile, i 28.3 .ro
65frithailit do cech maith ┐ do cech l. ¤ iat, Acall. 6845 v.l. náir
gan líoth ag duine n-a ndiaidh`he who succeeds them may well
rejoice
', Aithd. D. 17.10 . Attrib.g s. buidnib lítha, Snedgus u.
Mac R. 10 § 27. ? Attrib.g pl. ar búaid tuath l. ¤ Luignech
`festive', Arch. Hib. ii 54 § 4.
70(c) activity(?): l. ¤ .i. leanmain,ut est, ni l. ¤ do Maisi ar
leapain Inthra, O'C. 573 ( H.3.18,285 ).lith ┐ tond lanamain
(.i. gene) na traiged`activity', Auraic. 1815. ?trí chet
abgitrech ro scrib / ba bil lith a lám, LL 352 marg. inf. ba
bil l. ¤ a lám, 373b24 = Mart. Don. 78.19 (`touch'), perh. for
75 lúth. l. ¤ .i. luth .i. on luth gáir, O'Cl.Oengus oirdnidi /
ardmaith . . . / or fo lan luissi / lith nimcomḟighe, IT iii 55 §
104 .
II (a) luck,prosperity :co roimchla l. ¤ i fectsa. Ériu iii
140.163 .ni ba l. ¤ do'n fleid will not be a success, MR 18.1 .
80 ba hé mo líthsa co mbad hé docorad and, LU 6933 ( BDD 54 ).
is tú doroacht do maith ┐ do l. ¤ dúib, Met. Dinds iv 304.19 .
ní lind atá maith ná l. ¤ in laithe so, Comp. Con C. 99.5 . See
also below under compds.lith gacha labartha leat may your
words prosper
, MR 160.5 .do maith ┐ l. ¤ dúib tibi prosit, LL
85 279b33 ( SG 414.25 ).nocon ḟétaim less na l. ¤ , LL 208b26 .
cómhairle ar les ┐ ar lith Uladh, ITS v 8.20 .l. ¤ .i. sén uaire
passing prosperity, O'Cl.lith sén nó uasal, O'C. 1282 ( H.3.18
p. 534 ).lith .i. sona, Lec. Gl. 471. ?do fomna Déissi do
lith áinfir, SG 80.1 .
(b) Hence omen: adrad lítha`worship of auguries', Hail
5Brigit 14.14 .cia lit[h] bét for sétaib suadh, Anecd. i 52 § 14.
III (a) In phrases.is l. ¤ la pleases: is l. ¤ lim-sa do chomlann . . .
d'fhaghail, MR 296.1 .nír lith leis, 250.22 .`dammad l. ¤
letsu'. `is l. ¤ immorro', LL 230a26 - 7 ( TTr. 958 ).ró doghruinne
nar líoth lais, DDána 73.30 .dá madh l. ¤ ┐ dá madh lánur-
10lamh ré Lugh, Cath MT 466 .gníomhradh nach líoth linn,
Keat. ii 4457 .nir ba l. ¤ (nir mhiadh leov.l.) leo / suide na
longad, FDG 209 .l. ¤ laithi:Laegaire Lorc ba lith laithi / ro
gab Lifi lucky was the day, Lec. 303c42 ( LL 4875 ).fó l. ¤ see
1 fó;cf. ragat, cenip fo lith lem, BNnÉ 304 § 14 .olc l. ¤ lit.
15 it isbad luck , hence as quasiadv. alas , opposite offó l. ¤ :
olcc l. ¤ on, abannscal. olinmanach intan robonárlet peccad do
denum, RC xxxi 303.25 .olc lith, ol in clerech, na rabha
cidh anmcara accut, xxvi 362.17 .olc l. ¤ dolluid ind nathir /
cosin n-athir dia chathir`an evil day', Im. Brain 45 .olc
20li[th] don bith cráifeach`an evil hap', Ériu xviii 62 § 20 .olc
l. ¤ i torchair mac Duind, LL 195b20 (díl, Met. Dinds. iii 150.9 ).
(b) Freq. in chevilles:lith gan acht, Fen. 348.21 .lith cen
ail, RC xxiii 420.5 .l. ¤ cen chaemna, Arch. Hib. ii 73 § 47.
lith cen geis, SR 275 .lith co n-aiph, ML² 756 .l. ¤ co mbuaid,
25 Fing. R. 450 .lith nach gann, Acall. 2518 .lith ngaile, Met.
Dinds. iii 66.1 .lith ṅgle, TBC 1677 .l. ¤ ro lá, LU 2837 ( ZCP
xviii 172.7 ).l. ¤ úas tuind`a festival over the waves', Ériu iv
136.y .
Compds. ¤ adba:hit lithadba festal dwelling, Corm. 4.z .
30 ¤ baile:gáet co l. láechbress`exulting in fury', Met. Dinds. iv
176.2 . ¤ laithe festival (in some of follg. perh. phr.l. ¤ laithe,
see above):líoth laithe .i. la sollamna no fésda, O'Cl.'sin
chethramad líthlathiu(of week of judgment), SR 8101 .fri
ceilebrad ind líthlaithi hisin, Lat. Lives 5.5 .ma teccmai
35lith laithe no dail no thocomracc tuaithe, Laws v 396.21 .il
lithlaithi na Samhna, BLism. 109ra24 . Also perh. omens: séna
┐ soloda ┐ líthlatheda lána, LL 219b8 .sén nā soladh nā líth
laithi-si an laoi aniú, Cath MT 215.