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85 ? 5 ní n evil? ni .i. olcut est: arsaidh ni dicenn .i. astar olc do
neoch a nglam dicend, H. 3.18,61b ( O'C. 79 ), from Bretha
Neimed; same citation in O'Dav. 32 , where Stokes translates
`the "d." avenges something'.Cf. níe.

-ni(-ne) emph.pron.of1pers.pl., seemé V.
In later bardic poetry-ne(-ni) is for metrical purposes
5treated as one with the word it follows and may palatalize a
preceding consonant:créad adéara sí ar ar soin-ne | dá dtí
Éabha i gcoinne cáich? what will she say on our behalf? x 19 .
dá ndeachaim-ne dhá reic ruibh | fuil Mheic ar seathair-ne sin,
IGT Dec. ex. 899. ar mbeannaicht-ne (: ceangailte), Ir.
10Review 1913, 623 § 6 .dhar cruithneicht-ni (: eitni), Quigley
Brit. Ac. v 38 n. 16 .

1 nia(niae) n d,m. awarrior . For a discussion of the origin of 1
and2 niasee MacNeill, Ir. Ogham Inscriptions, P.R.I.A. xxvii
C 15 p. 369 fg. ; ZCP viii 185 ; x 405 fg. g s.O.Ir. (innpr.)?
15 Nioth, Thes. ii 267.39 , 269.34 (< Ardm. 14a2 , 15b2 ; acc. to
Pokorny ZCP x 404 this form represents2 nia).Neth, 273.7
(Adamnán), archaic form.Niath, 274.38 (ib.).niath, 8.38
( Aug. Cr. 26v5 ).indniäd , Hy. v 71. Mid.Ir.niath, TBC 2630.
TBC² 1967. niad,pass. Nia, LU 7685 (npr.).d s. doniaid ,
20 TBC² 1646. raníaíd , TBC 3410. n du. na dāniad , TBC 3768 =
dá nía, St.n p. niaid, LL 190b42 .trinia , BDD 134 (= LU
7786 ),niaid v.l. g p. trichaníad(: tríath), LL 206a51 = nia ,
Acall. 465. níad, SR 4085. d p. níathaib. LU 9319.
Later often writtenniad(h)inn s.(so almost always in Cóir
25An.).a s. cinniadh , LL 393b19 .
In O.Ir. the word was a disyllable,cf. bebaid and in rignía,
ZCP xiii 377.4 ( Baile in Scáil 14 ).ar ulc fri fraicc ind niad,
Hy. v 71. fidchell Cremthaind niaid [leg.niad] Náir, LU 1103.
LL 121b51 (see below); all heptasyllabic verses.
30In Mid.Ir. treated as monosyll.:iar cathaib iar nithaib níad,
SR 4085 (7 syll.),cf. TBC 604. ní hopair niad náre, TBC
3275 = TBC² 2465 (6 syll.),cf. TBC 3410 and LL 44b36 .
In compds. the formniad-is used.
Awarrior,champion , apparently used somet. of a recog-
35nized or professional champion in attendance on a king or
chief; confined to heroic romance and poetry.
nith .i. guin. Nie in fer dodgní, Corm. Y 973. nia .i. trenfer,
978 ; same gloss Hy. v 71 Comm. , LL 44b36 , 208a30 , 377b16 ,
BB 119b27 , Met. Gl. Ff. 23 , O'Cl.níadh .i. trén, Cóir Anm. 106 ,
40 180 , 192 .is ionann nia is gaisceadhach nó tréinfhear, Keat. ii
3644 . 6273 .in nia, SR 6827 (of David's captain Joab).nia
tire, ZCP viii 311.25 .ba niad side, ba fenid, YBL 179b32 .
Glas mac Luinde . . . nia sin Fiachach Sraiphtine, BB 358b4 .
am niadh frí huair iorghaile, Todd Lect. iv 98.13 .cless níad,
45 FB 51. cride níad, SC 38 ( LU 3848 ).ferg niad, TBC² 2179 ,
cf. 1706 .nasc niad, Corm. Y 978 (seenasc).naidm níad,
TBC 604. nert niad, Aen. 2569. Huatu o tat noí maic niat[h]
in cach bailiu, ZCP viii 334.20 (techn. term?).ro batar cethri
niaid do chlaind aicce .i. Uathnia ┐ Druthnia. Cáinnia ┐
50Deochnia, LL 190b42 .catha Fosta ba forrach niad, LL 44b36 .
As abstr. = strength,valour? da mbeith do nert nō do
níagh, ZCP x 301.25 . Possibly also in follg. exx. from B. na
f.:Oisin ro chan indsin . . . ar nia na mucci, IT i 163.6 = LL
208a22 (note follg. a poem on a monster pig).mu leo úam
55ḟaesum dum niad, IT i 163.4 ( LL 208a21 ) =dom niadh, Ed.,
where the glosses.i. ar mo chommus féin, L.,.i. mo bhoill as
comairce diob nert, Ed., seem to include the wordniad.
In compos. with a preceding noun:bār-nia lond Labraid
princely champion, Ält. Ir. Dicht. ii 7 § 2 =barniad, Rawl.
60 118a11 ;bar (.i. sai) nia (.i. trenfer), LL 377b16 .Cf. bár níad,
Dinds. 42 ( RC xv 433.12 ).grithniad, MR 170.10 (g p.).rignía,
ZCP xiii 377.4 .frisin rígnia, Alex. 55.
As fictivenpr.:imda Nia ┐ Bruthni, dā foss mési Conairi,
BDD 127.
65Folld. by a gen. or adj., freq. assobriquetor evennpr.:
Níad in Chairnn the Champion of the Cairn, Cóir Anm. 276
(sobriquet ofCormac Conloinges).Níadh Corb, 192 ,cf. Mocu
Neth Corb, Thes. ii 273.7 .Carpre Nia fer, CRR 19. in regno
Coirpri Nioth fer, Thes. ii 267.39 .d'airsciu Cairpri Niod fer,
70 LL 121b51 (7 syll.).do choígedh Choirpri Níadh fer, Cóir
Anm. 205 (7 syll.).Crimthan Nía Nár, 106 .Nía Naí nGraínde,
119 .Nia Segamain, LL 129a8 . Cóir Anm. 26 (Niadh).
nepos Niath Taloric, Thes. ii 27 4.38 .Cf. mac Nioth, BB
149d35 .
75Seegnia.

2 nia(niae) n d,m. g s. niottainOghaminscriptions (see ZCP
ix 72 ). iugulatio. . .niethNeill, AU 692.
Asister'sson, anephew: [n]ia .i. mac sethar,ut dixitCu
Chulaindprofetans de Christi aduentu. . . Nia duine tiucfae
80(.i. mac sethar duine), Corm. Y 959 =niae, Corm. p. 31 ; for
quotation see LL 123a3 (nia doíne).Calatin Dána . . . ┐ a úa
Glass, TBC 2930 =a nia .i. Glas, St. =mac a deirbsethar .i.
G., TBC² 2185. orba niad .i. ferand gormeic .i. meic seatar,
Laws iv 284.20 ; 290.7 .orba niath .i. cumal tsenorba do
85gormac, H. 4.22 p. 31 ( O'C. 2004 ),cf. Laws i 206.16 .

níab n m.(?n.) a word of uncertain meaning, possibly vigour,
spirit (cf.W.nwyfand the vb.níabaid) as suggested by K.
Meyer, Wortk. § 10 : in most of the follg. exx. the sense of
níam would be more appropriate.co tarrasar fom' niab glan |
hi fiadnaissi in Duleman, SR 1819 (Lucifer speaks of his un-
5fallen state).deil teilchinni . . . a nniab amal chorcarglain,
4270 (=da dhéil dirge degṡollsi . . . gemma derscaigthe amal
chorcair nglain forru, LB 120b47 ).for nem noebda, niab
nemed, 7135 .sluindfet mar gréin glan [leg.glain?] a níab, LL
35a15 .rabad glē-bán a níab | oc dul dar sliab Sion sáir, Auraic.
10 5301 = LL 37c22 (an example of `mallrugud', the monosyll.
níabbeing treated as disyll.). ?a p. inreith nith niaba | nertaid
gal cridi, TBC² 3469 (the combat invades [men's] spirits? see
Wortk. 10 ).
Asnpr. f.:Níab ingen Cheltchair, Death-tales 26 § 9 (Niam
15 v.l., prob. right reading).