Middle English Dictionary Entry

dismā̆l n. & adj.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) in the ~, in days of misfortune or disaster, under inauspicious circumstances, at an unlucky time; (b) ~ dai, one of the two days in each month which were considered unlucky, a day of disaster; cp. Egipcien daies.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1500 *Medulla (Cnt D.2)39a/b : Dierectus: dies malus, dysemale.
  • Note: Postdates word
    Note: Belongs to sense (a). Add gloss before phrase: "As a literal translation of the Latin collocation dies malus.--per MLL

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • c1484(a1475) Caritate SSecr.(Tak 38)188/18 : Þe dais dysemolle [Ashm: daies of perilles] be vij.
Note: New phrase under sense (b): daies ~, unlucky days. NF 'disemolle'.