Widdershins meaning

wĭth'-
In a contrary or counterclockwise direction.
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In a direction contrary to the usual or expected; specif., counterclockwise.
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(dialectal, Wicca) Anticlockwise, counter-clockwise.

It is unlucky to walk widdershins around a church.

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Origin of widdershins

  • Middle Low German weddersinnes from Middle High German widersinnes wider back (from Old High German widar wi- in Indo-European roots) sinnes in the direction of (from sin direction) (from Old High German sent- in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle Low German weddersins, weddersinnes, from Middle High German widersinnes, from wider- (“wither-") + genitive of sin (“direction, way").
    From Wiktionary