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1. almes(se n.

Additional spellings: almesse
144 quotations in 7 senses
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(a) Anything given to relieve those in poverty or distress, any charitable gift or offering, alms; an allotment of alms; eten almes, be dependent on alms; gan on almes, liven bi, of almes, live on…

2. grith n.

110 quotations in 6 senses
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(a) The peace of a nation or society, law and order; fig. the peace resulting from the observation of God's will; breken (fordon) grith, to disturb the peace, break the law; holden (maken, setten)

3. grith-briche n.

Additional spellings: grithbriche
18 quotations in 1 sense
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Law (a) Disturbances or violence committed toward persons, at places, or during specific periods that were under special protection of the king; also (after 1200), any breach of the peace; (b)…

4. hā̆m-fāre n.

Additional spellings: hamfare
6 quotations in 1 sense
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Law = hamsokne.

5. hā̆m-sọ̄̆kne n.

Additional spellings: hamsokne
21 quotations in 1 sense
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Law (a) The crime of assaulting a person in his own house or dwelling place, or of forceful entry therein; (b) the right to try such offenses, and to levy and collect the fines imposed; also, a fine…

6. orest(e n.

Additional spellings: oreste
7 quotations in 1 sense
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(a) Combat, struggle; (b) law the right of jurisdiction over cases involving trial by combat; (c) by misunderstanding of (b): the liberty of entering woods or lands; (d) by false etymologizing [cp. or

7. sāke n.

162 quotations in 8 senses
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Strife, discord, enmity; a dispute, cause for dispute; a legal dispute or action; o sake, ?in accusation; withouten sake, without cause for dispute, without legal cause.

8. scā̆th(e n.

Additional spellings: scathe
118 quotations in 5 senses
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(a) Harm, injury; loss, damage; misfortune; danger; also, a harm, danger; to scath, to (a person's) harm or detriment; (b) harm or injury resulting from battle or war; defeat; (c) harm resulting from…

9. tā̆le n.

344 quotations in 12 senses
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(a) That which one tells, the oral or written relation of an event or a series of events purporting to be true, a personal narrative, an account; bi his tale, according to him; bi olde tales

10. thwert-nik n.

Additional spellings: thwertnik
9 quotations in 1 sense
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Law An absolute denial, a flat-out (as opposed to word-by-word) traverse of a plaintiff's charge; also, the privilege of so pleading.

11. trust n.

120 quotations in 5 senses
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(a) Confidence (in sb. or sth.), reliance (on sb. or sth.), trust; haven trust, to have confidence (in sb. or sth.), rely (on sb. or sth.); with inf.: haven more trust..thanne, think it preferable (to…

12. wither-nām n.

Additional spellings: withernam
5 quotations in 1 sense
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Law (a) The distraining of a deforcer’s personal goods in order to force restoration of that which he has illegally taken; also, a writ authorizing this action (b) a distress authorized by one civic…

13. wrek n.

31 quotations in 1 sense
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(a) Law That which washes ashore from the sea, esp. from a wrecked ship; also, the right to take that which washes up on a certain stretch of seashore; ?also, a wrecked ship, a shipwreck [quot…