(emergency) self defense
(Legal term. The act of violence under threat.)
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The meaning of - "die Not"

We’ll look at the family of die Not and find lots of necessary words - literally :).


die Not, notwendig, nötig, benötigen, der Notfall

Word of the Day - "wehren"

A fun look at the meaning of "wehren" and why a damn evolved into all kinds of words for fighting and defending.


wehren, das Wehr, die Feuerwehr, die Notwehr, die Bundeswehr, abwehren, das Gewehr, verteidigen

Word Family

Root: *nau(ti-)

The original core of this root was a sense of:

death, exhaustion, collapsing

But this soon shifted toward the idea of “lack of something”.

In English to need , and also in the Slavic branch, the sense shifted further toward the idea of need.
In German, it is also about lack, but it kept more of a sense of emergency.

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