Old Norse Dictionary - ör-sekr

Meaning of Old Norse word "ör-sekr" (or ǫr-sekr) in English.

As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:

ör-sekr (ǫr-sekr)
adj. ‘sackless,’ as a law term, = sykn, ‘out of guilt,’ free; en þeir örsekkir er upp halda árum sínum, N. G. l. i. 65; en ef hann kömr á alla staði þá er hann orsækkr (sic), 379, Gþl. 462; at orsekkju, N. G. l. i. 147 (last line); skal hafa eikju hverr er vill at orsekju, 243, ii. 44 (but osekkir two lines below), and so passim in the Norse laws.

Orthography: The Cleasby & Vigfusson book used letter ö to represent the original Old Norse vowel ǫ. Therefore, ör-sekr may be more accurately written as ǫr-sekr.

Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚢᚱ-ᛋᛁᚴᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements

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Works & Authors cited:

Gulaþings-lög. (B. II.)
N. G. L.
Norges Gamle Love. (B. II.)
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