nert

Cite this: eDIL s.v. nert or dil.ie/33116

Forms: nnert, neirt, nirt, neurt, niurt, neurt, neort, ni(o)rt, nert, nerta, nerta, a (i n-, ó), nirt, nerta, neirtbhríga, nertmaenig, nertmaoinigh

n o,n. and m. n s. (with art.) a nnert , Ml. 35d14 , Sg. 222b7 . nert n-irisse, Wb. 11c4 . na neurt, ZCP iii 451.22 . a s. na nert n-aile, Ml. 29d5 . g s. neirt, Ml. 48c15 . LU 9141 ( FB 88 ). Mid.Ir. generally nirt. d s. neurt, Wb. 16c4 , Sg. 1a6 et pass. niurt, Hy. vii 2 fg . Mid.Ir. neurt, neort, ni(o)rt. n p. inna nert , Ml. 108c14 . nerta, 73c2 . a p. inna nert, Sg. 105a1 . nerta, Ml. 85a4 . LU 8894 ( FB 68 ).

Strength, might, power, in physical and moral sense. Freq. renders virtus in Glosses; also robur, Ml. 22d2 , firmitas, 48c15 , vires, 73c2 (in pl.), cf. Sg. 105a1 . nert quasi uirt a virtute , Corm. Y 976. uis nert, O'Mulc. 152. In general sense of power: nert Dé, Hy. v 45. iar neurt in spirito noíb, Wb. 29d21 . hi niurt athar ┐ aobmaic ┐ aobspirda, ZCP vi 258.14 . nert Demuin, Fél. Prol. 253. atai-si aniu a nert ┐ cumachta, Anecd. ii 54.10 = a nirt, ZCP viii 107.11 . focicher don nirt i ttá from the power in which he is, BNnÉ 307 § 29 . dochuadar i neart i nÉirinn (of the Norsemen), Keat. iii 2912. In moral sense: is ed a nnert foirbthe imgabail cech huilc, Ml. 35d14 (defining `perfecta virtus'). ibunt ... de uirtute in uirtutem .i. raghait ... do nirt for nirt, RC xxv 390 § 4 , cf. PH 4674 (do nirt for nert). coic nert deac inna hanmo .i. nert n-iresi, nert cennsa, etc., ZCP iii 451.18 . nert (one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit), ZCP v 499 § 4 (so also in later rel. texts, Luc. Fid. 149.8 , Parrth. Anma 233.7 ). neart, Parrth. Anma 225.8 (one of the four cardinal virtues = Lat. fortitudo). Of sway or dominion: noí mbliadna ós Herind a nert (= he reigned for nine years), LL 129a19 . cethri cóic bliadna ... ro giallad do niurt Nathí, 129b41 ( MacCarthy 192 § 4 , 212 § 4 ). Of physical strength: nert in bulli the force of the blow, LL 160a7 . ra immir Carpre a nert for Coin Culaind, LL 177a50 ( CRR 51 ). da mbeind-sea do nirt beith dom chois if I were able (strong enough) to be afoot, TBC 5775 , cf. 5868 . dia mbend-sea for mo nirt, ni thóetsaitis in macrad had I been in my strength, 2510 , cf. TBC² 1856. i neart slainte [sic leg.] in sound health (oppd. to: fri bás), Laws iii 34.14 , cf. 42.30 , 46.21 , 52.1 , ii 344.29 and see Ériu ix 31. go niort leoman, BNnÉ 77 § 146 .

Power, ability (to do someth.): ní fhuil nert agad gun [= gan] techt lium (= you must perforce come with me), ZCP vi 48.12 . ro raidh ... nach raibhi nert a tidlaicthi aige that he was not empowered to give it up, Marco P. 169. Power, control (over someth.): ata nert agan duine ara chaint nogu leige se amach hi a man has power over his speech until he utters it, Ériu v 132.1 .

gaibid nert for ... overpowers: do gab [in bás] nert ormm, PH 7807. ro gab Érnai nert for sil nEbir, ZCP vii 303.13 . do gabail nerta for Laighnib, RC xviii 274.6 (Tig.). Keat. ii 989. do breith neirt ara bhidhbhaidh, Duan. Finn. i 86.30 . (with obj. gen.) seizes the power of, subdues: slóigh le Maghnus ... a Sil Muiredhaigh, gur ghabh a nert ┐ a mbraighde, AU ii 368.20 (a. 1288 ). dochuaidh do ghabháil neirt na Fraingce, Keat. ii 983 , cf. 1776 .

a (i n-, ó) niurt (with gen.) by strength of, by dint of: ni ḟuigbitis uile acht a nirt catha ┐ chomlaind, LB 122b17 . faidhis C. slúag dia irghabail a nirt chatha, Marco P. 117. i nirt imghona by dint of fighting, ZCP xiv 246.16 . docuadur ... a nirt a n-imrama, CCath. 2226. ní ó nirt góei nō chlaidim acht o nirt ernaigthe, PH 8044. tre nert imgona, Ériu ii 180.17 . In absol. constr.: ro héige in ben nert a cind, SR 3215. cosnaid Temair ... nert bar nduirnd [sic leg.], Cog. 122.14 .

Transf. import, significance, etc.: nert comaccomail the force of a conjunction, Sg. 222b9 . nert n-ainmnedo anmmae the force of a nominative, 215a9 . caite deochair eter a cumang ┐ a neart?, Auraic. 965 (of vowels; `cumang' is when they are sounded alone, `nert' in combination with consonants).

Rarely in concrete sense a force, troops: co tanic nert Ulad fris coro-n-innarbsat é, LL 328b18 . gur thinoil ... sluag- neart Saxon, MR 110.10 . Cf. treṡess cona nirt nonbair, LL 108a29 = RC xiv 404.2 (`with its crew of nine').

g s. as attrib.: rigi nirt a strong kingdom (?), IT i 124.12 . Hériu ardneirt, Ériu iv 110.2 . is hí sein comairle ba nirt leo- som which prevailed with them, TBC 2908 , cf. 4574 , 4598 . Clann M. ... do denamh imerce neirt ar muintir Ruairc a hostile incursion, FM iv 718.10 . corbat nirt i fus `mighty in this world', P.R.I.A. iii 548 § 15 ( LL 147a17 ). do denam imirgi neirt ar Muintir R., Ann. Conn. 1390 § 6.

Occas. as adj.: ba nert leis a menma his courage was high, TBC 2496. ar Niall nert, Ériu viii 69.59 . Forming a spurious compar.: ba nertiti leis a menma na scéla his courage was raised by the tidings, SC 20 ( LU 3435 ).

In pl. generally in distrib. sense (in Glosses somet. in imitation of Lat. vires): in tan aracrínat a nerta (gl. defectu virium), Ml. 73c2 . traithaid nerta lochnamat, FB 68 ( LU 8894 ). tancadar a nerta ┐ a mbriga doibh, CCath. 2581. a serc o ulib nertaib with all (thy) powers, LB 261a3 . ro tarrngid ... a nertaibh damh ┐ assan, CCath. 1763. ro srained in cath tria nertaib laoch, Ériu viii 178.15 . inis na neart, Keat. Poems 1157.

nerta (= Lat. virtutes, a rank of the Celestial Hierarchy), SR 693 , PH 6249.

Compds.

(a) with subst. in adjectival sense strong, mighty: ¤bág: co nertbáig `with strong fight', RC xx 12 § 21. ¤bla `mighty fame', Met. Dinds. iii 298.2 . ¤blad id., Acall. 1264 (-bhladh). ¤bríg, LL 27a9 . fo nirtbríg a chumachta, Alex. 74 [sic leg.]. a p. neirtbhríga, MR 242.2 . ¤brised: ag neart- brisiud `routing', MR 156.14 . ¤chlann: Colum cádh nert- chlainni Neill, ZCP x 53.29 . MR 262.19 . ¤chomairle, Alex. 574. ¤c[h]ride, ZCP viii 306.11 . ¤fhlaith, Fél. Ep. 170 (of Christ). ¤gabál: neartghabháil námhad, ML 134.21 . ¤gal: le neartghoil céimeann `prowess of battle-deeds', Content. xxx 21 . TSh. 2126. ¤Goídel: do ṡil noesech nert-Gaedel, LL 4a46 , cf. Leb. Gab. i 220.8 . ¤lia f. a large stone used as a missile, etc. by warriors: nertlia míled forsa n-indsmatís slega ... ┐ fria meltís renda ┐ faebra, Aisl. MC 47.16 . TBC 5527 St. gebis nertlia cloche fria ais, TBC 1569 = liic mair, TBC² 889. ro léic D. a urchur do nertlic miled, Dinds. 32 ( RC xv 335.6 ). Fig. of persons: nertlia gaíse, SC 38 ( LU 3849 ). n. fergi, TFerbe 312 . ¤maín ( ¤maen): fúair núachar co nertmaín with great treasure, Met. Dinds. iii 298.10 . ¤saegal: do nert- saegul, TBC² 1817 (ret.). ? ¤sluag: re nertmairi nirt sluaig [? nirtsluaig] adbail Eorpa, LL 236a42 .

(b) with adj. in adverbial sense: ¤adbal, see Fen. 328.18 . ¤brethach: la sil Nemid nertbrethaig, LL 8a38 . ¤buan, see ML 82.24 . ¤calma, MR 296.20 . ¤cráibtech: toghairm an naoimh nertcraibhtigh, BNnÉ 265 § 229 . ¤chrechach, Fen. 318.14 . ¤cubrach: inbher ... na habhann nertcubraidhe foaming, BNnÉ 235 § 156 . ¤giallach: ós chlaind Nemid nertgiallaig `seizer of hostages', Met. Dinds. ii 42.12 . ¤maí- nech: mac Niúil nertmaínig, LL 3b11 = nertmaenig `des Kraftreichen', ZCP xiii 154 , nertmaoinigh `of mighty wealth', Leb. Gab. i 210.7 ; cf. nertmaín above. ¤menmnach: comtís nertmenmnaig fri cach nith, LL 219b24 , cf. 235a39 ( TTr. 185 , 1212 ).