Thew

Thew

(th), n. [Chiefly used in the plural Thews (thz).] [OE. thew, eau, manner, habit, strength, AS. ew manner, habit (cf. wan to drive); akin to OS. thau custom, habit, OHG. dou. 56.] 1. Manner; custom; habit; form of behavior; qualities of mind; disposition; specifically, good qualities; virtues. [Obs.]
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For her great light
Of sapience, and for her thews clear.
Chaucer.
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Evil speeches destroy good thews.
Wyclif (1 Cor. xv. 33).
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To be upbrought in gentle thews and martial might.
Spenser.
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2. Muscle or strength; nerve; brawn; sinew. Shak.
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And I myself, who sat apart
And watched them, waxed in every limb;
I felt the thews of Anakim,
The pules of a Titan's heart.
Tennyson.
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