Awry
Awry A*wry" ([.a]*r[imac]"), adv. & a. [Pref. a- + wry.] 1. Turned or twisted toward one side; not in a straight or true direction, or position; out of the right course; distorted; obliquely; asquint; with oblique vision; as, to glance awry. ``Your crown's awry.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Blows them transverse, ten thousand leagues awry. Into the devious air. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Aside from the line of truth, or right reason; unreasonable or unreasonably; perverse or perversely. [1913 Webster]

Or by her charms Draws him awry, enslaved. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Nothing more awry from the law of God and nature than that a woman should give laws to men. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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