Middle English Dictionary Entry

disseisen v.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) To deprive (sb.) of seizin, as by forcible entry upon a freehold; esp., to dispossess (sb.) unlawfully (of land, goods, etc.); (b) refl. to surrender possession or dominion; (c) the disseised, the dispossessed person.
(a) To deprive (sb.) of authority, dominion, or privileges; (b) to rob (sb. of affection); (c) to deliver (sb. from suffering); (d) to allay (a rumor).

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1500 Chartier Dial.F.&F.(Sion Arc.L.40.2/E.43)9/37 : Outeward oure enemyes make vs werre thorough whyche we be dyssesed of oure possessyons, and the pestelence of vyces maketh oure ynwarde batayles.
  • Note: Postdates sense1.(a).--per MM