Wehr Wednesdays #137

A new word or phrase from the Hans Wehr dictionary, every Wednesday.

رجع به القهقرى to take s.o. back into the past

Root: ق-ه-ق-ر

Page: 929*

Example: “إذا تَمَّ إقرارُ هذا القانونِ فَسَيَرجَعُ بِالبَلَدِ القَهقَرى فيما يَتَعَلَّقُ بِحُقوقِ المَرأَة”

Translation: “if this law is passed, it will set the country back with regards to women’s rights”


  • The phrase رجع بـ here is a great demonstration of the causative effect of بـ which we looked at in this post!
  • If you’ve been keeping up with Wehr Wednesdays posts for a very long time, you might remember that we looked at a word from the same root as قهقرى in Wehr Wednesdays #2

Revise all of the vocab from the series on Quizlet:

* The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th Edition

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