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80 menmarc n ā, f., (a compd. of menma; the second component
may be arc- `beseech', Marstrander, RC xxxvi 352 , or serc
`love', a suggestion made by Meyer, Wortk. § 20 , but with-
drawn § 130 ; cf. menmṡerc, LB 74a46 = menmarcc, Ir. Lit.
40.9 ).
85(a) an object of desire, a cynosure, darling, generally of
persons. m. ¤ fer ndomain (of a woman), FB § 18. m. ¤ ban, § 68 .
ba hé m. ¤ a n-ingen ┐ lennán a n-ócban, RC xiii 373.7 . iar
ṅdul a menmairc[e] uaithi after her lover had left her, ZCP iii
5.16 ( LL 269b17 = menmaircce, Rawl. 131a17 ; m[en]mairci,
YBL 112b18 ). ro tog . . . a menmarc do næbuib Erenn
5 favourite saint, Lism. L. 2701. a menmarcc fātha! desire of
the prophets
(of Christ), Ir. Lit. 40.9 . pl. do-bar-ruachtadar
. . . for menmarca fodesin, secht meic Ailella, IT ii2 228.46
(YBL).
(b) hence: is m. ¤ lim(m) I desire, aim at: ótconnairc Dia
10nárbo m. ¤ la Fergna cretem, Fen. 116.23 . is ed ba m. ¤ leissium
a ndíchor asin Espain, CCath. 1633. robo m. ¤ lium tusa do
toitim lium, ZCP vi 79.34 . is ead ba m. ¤ leis sēpēl do thogbail,
Fl. Earls 142.7 . an conair in robadh m. ¤ leo do ghabhail the
way by which they wished to proceed
, FM vi 2016.9 , cf. v 1706.3 .
15With prep. oc: ised ba m. ¤ acco, fóirithin sluoigh [do cur] ina
dóchum it was his intention, CCath. 1304. ní baí meanmarc
acca a lathair . . . d'iomghabail, FM v 1356.
? fochtaidh Aodh m. ¤ int samlaigthi the intent (purport) of
the apparition
(?), ZCP vi 260.10 . ruibne roratas for cai . . .
20is é mu m. ¤ itceas, ib. 15 .
(c) conjecture, surmise: o na fargbhatar na Gaill daingen an
dúnaidh . . . amhail ba m. ¤ dhóibh as they (the Irish) had
expected
, Hugh Roe 48.27 (fo. 13b) . comba m. ¤ fri Sir P. corba
haes .cccc. bliadain lais so that Sir P. conjectured his age to be
25four hundred years
, D IV 2, 72rb6 . nir bho m. ¤ itir múir na
Troi . . . do cutrumugad fris there could be no thought of com-
paring the walls of Troy to it
(?), CCath. 3447 , cf. Pharsalia vi
48 - 50 . ? att menmairc lé sruth Iordanen di suighi ina gin,
Aisl. Tund. 99 § 2 = ata dochus aici, 125 (= habet fiduciam
30quod influat Iordanus in os eius, p. 15 ). Hence: meanmarc .i.
smuainead, Lec. Gl. 479. menmarc gach smuaineadh, Met.
Gl. 31 § 1. menmarc Mongan (name of a metre), IT iii 100
§ 171 .

menmchasach adj o, ā argumentative, disputatious? m. ¤ .i. menma
35casach .i. caingnech lais, Corm. Y 871 = menmchosach LB.

menmnach adj o, ā. (menma) meanmnach (an incorrect form, but
in use), IGT Introd. § 95. Also menmanach: g s m. menma-
nuigh, Anecd. ii 62.6 . (with metathesis) meanamnach, Oss.
iv 238.27 , v 136.9 . Somet. incorrectly written menmach,
40 memnach.
(a) spirited, bold, stout-hearted, self-confident: mórda cach
m. ¤ , Arch. iii 229.118 . atcota m. ¤ miscais, Anecd. iii 12.18
(menmarach v.l.; if menmnach be right, perh. self-assertive,
swaggering ). gia ra maess [= ro mess] m. ¤ Ferbáeth though F.
45was accounted bold
, TBC 3515. Niall menmach, Ériu iv 110.10 .
laoch meanmach, Oss. vi 90.10 . Média menmach míchomair-
lech, LL 220b48 ( TTr. 275 ). roptar menmachu [sic fcs.] a
mílidi, 235a35 ( TTr. 1354 ). lasin gamanraid . . . memnaigh
moraigentaigh, Cog. 56.16 . Rarely of things: tar tuinn mara
50. . . menmnaigh, FM ii 618.7 .
(b) in good spirits, glad: ba m. ¤ lais a aigneadh, LL 393b45 .
mílta menmnacha muighi sprightly , Études Celt. i 85.13 .
dénaidh fuaim mheanmnach chum Dé a joyful noise, Psa.
lxxxi 1. Judges xviii 20.
55In Leb. Gab. i 86.2 : asedh ba menmach leó, gan iomaithi-
ghid Erenn do leighen d'Fomorchaibh `this was their resolve',
we should prob. expand: menmarc.
(c) In compds., qualified by a preceding adj., -minded,
-spirited: beg-menmnach pusillanimous , MR 116.15 . comtís
60nertmenmnaig fri cach nith strong in courage, LL 219b24 .
Aen. 280. comtis oenmenmnaig fri cach ṅdoccomail of one
mind, unanimous , LL 219b26 . co hænmenmnach, Aen. 3088.
See also mórmenmnach.

menmnaige n iā, f., (menma). (a) in O.Ir. apparently state or
65 quality of mind or disposition ; in Ml. in compds. qualified by
a preceding adj.: ind oínmenmnaige concord , Ml. 100c6 .
huand fairsing-menmnaigi sláin (gl. magnanimitate salva),
136a14 . n p. menmnihi (gl. dissensiones), Wb. 18a21 (a primâ
manu); prob. an etymologizing gloss intended for the adjoin-
70ing animositates, see Thes. i 617 n .
(b) in Mid.Ir. courage, high spirit, high-mindedness: miadaige
┐ m. ¤ , LL 149b4 . do m. ¤ a miled, CCath. 3451. MR 184.2 . ar
menmnaighi ┐ ar mor-toirbertaighi ` magnanimity ', AU ii
472.21 .

75 menmnaigid v g. (menma). (a) thinks, judges, deems: ro midir
(.i. ro menamnaig), Arch. iii 14.10 . doruimenatar (.i. do meanmnaigatar) bedís fir sithi, 20 § 50 . craed mar meanm-
naigis ri na gloiri [Isu] do legin duid do chrochad? why didst
thou imagine the king of glory would allow thee to crucify (Jesus
)?
80 YBL 152a45 . ma ro menmnuigh . . . ni airithe don athgabail
do dul i lobud, Laws ii 6.26 Comm.
(b) devises, plans, purposes: ba Munreamur menmnai-
gh[e]star, ba Cuscraigh cindustair, BB 259a19 ( RC xxiv
282.1 ). masa cnedh ar corp rop ail do fearthain ┐ ro men[m]-
85naigh adhim airithi da fearthain devised (? provided) a special
implement to inflict it
, Rawl. B 506 fo. 38c ( O'Don. 2343 ). ma
ra menmnigh aidhim ┐ ni ra menmnaigh cneidh itir, ib.
( O'Don. 2345 ).
(c) cheers, encourages (mod.): gur meanmnuigheadh a
spiorad úaibhse, 2 Cor. vii 13.