étrén

Cite this: eDIL s.v. étrén or dil.ie/20909

adj o-ā (neg. of trén)

I Weak, powerless: ro theich, ba hairde étrén a sign of feebleness Met. Dinds. iii 396. 14 . eidhme amluatha etréna `cries of distress and help- lessness' ZCP vi 67.20 . go mbí an cholann éidtréan aimhneartmhar, TSh. 2918 . Compar. (a) fortét cech cenn bes tressai inní bes étressa `every chief who is more power- ful takes precedence of him who is less powerful' Laws iv 330.18 Comm. Pirr mac Achíl, nád étrese oldáas a athair, TTr.² 1749 . Menelaus ┐ N. nidad ettresi ina Aicil ┐ Díomíd... BB 441a7 . ni ḟuil persa dhíobh as treise ná as éidtreisi iná chéile, O'Hussey, T.C. 25.17 . (b) (with de) dob éttreinitte Albanaigh...an ionnsaicchidh sin the Scots were the weaker for that attack FM v 1566.14 .

II As subst. weakness: clann É...an tráth fuarais i n-éidtréan, Content. xvi 130 . cosmhail re Cloinn Isra-hél | thoir san Éighipt ar éidréan enfeebled, helpless Measgra D. 54.66 . mín re héidtréan teann re tréan, Ir. Monthly 1927, 594.40 .