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Proto-Germanic: *kwistian- vb., *kwistiō
Meaning: destroy, press, torment
IE etymology: IE etymology
Gothic: kʷistjan wk. `destroy, subject to torment', fra-, us-kʷistjan `id.', *fra-kʷistnan wk. `perish, be destroyed'
Danish: dial. qvista `press'
Middle Dutch: te quiste gaen `te gronde gaan'; quisten `spillen, verspillen; te loor gaan'
Dutch: kwistig; verkwisten
Middle Low German: quist st. f. `torment'; quisten `vernietigen, verkwisten'
Old High German: quist st. f. `torment' ; ar-, firquisten `verderben (tr.)'

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