the first son of Adam and Eve, who murdered his brother Abel. Gen. 4.
raise Cain, Slang.
become angry or violent:
He’ll raise Cain when he finds out I lost his watch.
to behave in a boisterous manner; cause a disturbance:
The students raised Cain while the teacher was out.
(history) (in Scotland and Ireland) payment in kind, usually farm produce paid as rent
the first son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel (Genesis 4:1–16)
to cause a commotion
to react or protest heatedly
see: raise Cain
a member of a Gnostic sect that exalted Cain and regarded the God of the Old Testament as responsible for evil. Historical Examples Commentary on Genesis, Vol. I Martin Luther Commentary on Genesis, Vol. I Martin Luther The Meeting-Place of Geology and History Sir John William Dawson Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II Martin Luther
variant of ceno-1 : Cainozoic.
noun a variant spelling of caenogenesis
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