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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WARDING

He raised a hand with the gesture of one warding off a blow.

He had been warding off the moment of despair, but he could do so no longer now.

The attitude of warding off reveals itself as fastidiousness and as bashfulness.

It was sufficient for Mascarin to be assured of a danger to find means of warding it off.

She raised her tiny hands before her face as if she were warding off a blow.

She held out her hands to him, palm outwards, as if warding off some present danger.

It is to explain that and to ask your cooperation in warding off the holocaust that I have sent for you.

The potency of charms in warding off evil spirits is believed in.

Carl is warding them off, protecting me as much as possible.

To the amethyst was attributed the power of warding off the effects of drunkenness.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English weardian "to keep guard," from Proto-Germanic *wardojan- (cf. Old Saxon wardon, Old Norse varða "to guard," Old Frisian wardia, Middle Dutch waerden "to take care of," Old High German warten "to guard, look out for, expect," German warten "to wait, wait on, nurse, tend"), from *wardo- (see ward (n.)). French garder, Italian guardare, Spanish guardar are Germanic loan-words. Meaning "to parry, to fend off" (now usually with off) is recorded from 1570s. Related: Warded; warding.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.