widdershins

[ with-er-shinz ]

Part of Speech

adverb

Definition

in a direction contrary to the sun's course, considered as unlucky; counterclockwise

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

Example

She didn't waken 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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