Origin of bewrayMiddle English biwreien ; from be-, intensive + Old English wregan, to inform; akin to German rügen, to blame
transitive verbbe·wrayed, be·wray·ing, be·wrays Archaic
Origin of bewrayMiddle English biwreien : bi-, be- + wreien, to accuse (from Old English wr&emacron;gan).
(third-person singular simple present bewrays, present participle bewraying, simple past and past participle bewrayed)
- (archaic) To accuse; malign; speak evil of.
- To reveal; divulge; make known; declare; inform.
- To expose a person, rat someone out.
- To divulge a secret.
- To disclose or reveal (usually with reference to a person's identity or true character) perfidiously, prejudicially, or to one's discredit or harm; betray; expose.
- To reveal or disclose unintentionally or incidentally; show the presence or true character of; show or make visible.
This word is often glossed as being a synonym of "betray", but this is only valid for the senses of "betray" that involve a revelation of previously privileged information.
From Middle English bewraien, bewreyen, equivalent to be- + wray, from Old English wrēġan (“to accuse, impeach”), from Proto-Germanic *wrōgijaną, *wrōhijaną (“to tell, speak, shout”), from Proto-Indo-European *were-, *wrē- (“to tell, speak”). Cognate with Old Frisian biwrōgja (“to disclose, reveal”), Old High German biruogen (“to disclose, reveal”), Modern German berügen (“to defraud”), Swedish röja (“to betray”).