widdershins
[ with-er-shinz ]
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Part of Speechadverb
Origin + Etymology
from Middle Low German weddersins, from Middle High German widersinnes, from wider ‘against’ + sin ‘direction’; the second element was associated with Scots sin ‘sun’
Synonyms
  • anticlockwise
  • counterclockwise
  • left-handed
  • retrograde
  • reversely
Antonyms
  • clockwise
Definition
in a direction contrary to the sun's course, considered as unlucky; counterclockwise
Example
She didn't wake as her dad scooped her up in his arms, carried her down the staircase, then turned fully widdershins so that he was facing North.
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