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Full of folly; senseless; mad. Latin vecordia, madness; ve, not, without + corda, a harp-string (hence, harmony); influenced by cor, cordem, heart. Not in O.E.D., which lists vecordy, vecord, madness. The 1788 translation of Emanuel Swedenborg's WISDOM OF THE ANGELS said: Hence too the terms concord, discord, vecord (malicious madness), and other similar expressions. Caxton in the PROHEMYE to his POLYCRONICON (1482) stated: Historyes moeve and withdrawe emperours and kynges fro vycious tyrannye, fro vecordyous sleuthe [sloth], unto tryumphe and vyctorye in puyssaunt bataylles.
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