ABECE | ALPHABET

But the psalms thirty-sixth, and the hundred tenth, and the hundred eleventh, and the hundred eighteenth psalm, and the hundred forty-fourth, though they were written in diverse meter, nonetheless they were suited with the alphabet of the same figures;

 

Jednakowoż psalmy trzydziesty szósty, oraz sto dziesiąty i sto jedenasty, a także sto osiemnasty psalm, wraz ze sto czterdziestym czwartym, chociaż napisane różną metryką, ukształtowane były w alfabecie tej samej postaci;

 

1 Kings prologue
Volume 2, page 2

 

Wycliffe Early Version
But and the Salmys sixe and threttis, and the hundrid tenthe, and the huridryd enleueth, and the hundrid eiʒtenth, and the hundrid foure and fourtithe, albeit that thei ben wryten with dyuerse metre, neuerthelater thei ben weuyd with the abece of the same noumbre;

 

Wycliffe Later Version
But also the salmes of the Sauter, as the xxxvj. salm, and the hundrid and x. salm, and the hundrid and aleuene salm, and the hundrid and xviij. salm, and the hundrid and xliiij. salm, al be it that thei ben writen with dyuerse metre, netheles thei ben writen and wouen to gideris with the abece of the same noumbre;

 

Wycliffe forms and reference

plural, abeces, abicees; 1 Kings prologue, Esther prologue

 

Modern form

alphabet

Modern uses

the alphabet; an abecedarian; also: rudiments, elements

Etymology

Middle English alphabete
Latin abecedarium, the alphabet; abecedaius, one who learns; abecedaria, elementary instruction; formed with the letters ABCD.

Comparative Latin and Greek

Late Latin alphabetum;
Greek alphabētos, from alpha and beta

 

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