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1. accident n.

52 quotations in 4 senses
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Something that happens or occurs; a fortuitous happening.

2. advocacīe, advō̆cātie n.

Additional spellings: advocatie
5 quotations in 1 sense
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Law (a) the activity of a professional pleader in courts of law, advocacy; (b) the advocacy performed by a prosecutor, a charge or accusation; (c) theol. intercession or advocacy on behalf of a sinner…

3. āliē̆n n.

31 quotations in 3 senses
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(a) A member of a foreign nation or country, a foreigner; (b) a foreign resident or merchant, an alien; an alien born; (c) theol. a stranger or transient.

4. allegorīe n.

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Theol. One of the four methods or levels in the interpretation of Holy Writ [i.e. the literal (temporal), spiritual (allegorical), moralizing (tropological), and mystical (anagogical)]: spiritual…

5. amend(e)ment n.

Additional spellings: amendement
53 quotations in 5 senses
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(a) Correction or rectification (of a bad situation, a fault, an error, etc.); bringen in amendment, set to rights; stonden upon amendment, be subject to correction; on amendment, ?on pain of a fine…

6. amē̆nde(s n.

Additional spellings: amendes
36 quotations in 5 senses
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(a) Reparation, retribution, amends (as for an offense or crime, or for harm done); don, maken, paien amende, make amends, compensate; -- often with of phrase; (b) reparation demanded by, or owing to…

7. angin n.

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(a) Of a period of time: the beginning; (b) the onset (of a disease); (c) activity, behavior.

8. an(n)unciāciǒun n.

Additional spellings: annunciacioun
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Theol. (a) The announcement of the incarnation of Christ, made by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin; (b) the church festival commemorating that event (March 25); (the feste of) the anunciacioun of our

9. answēre n.

59 quotations in 5 senses
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A reply to an inquiry or request; maken answere, yeven answere (ayain), to reply, give an explanation; quethen to answere, say in reply; final answere, definite answer or decision.

10. assẹ̄th n.

43 quotations in 3 senses
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Fulfillment, satisfaction, reparation; maken (don) asseth, give satisfaction: (a) fulfillment of a wish, expectation or requirement; (b) fulfilling of a need; (c) satisfactory answer to a question or…

11. assīse n.

166 quotations in 12 senses
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(a) A session of a court charged with the deliberation and disposition of civil actions (esp. actions concerning land tenure and imprisonment); the deliberations of such a court (the gathering of…

12. bāle n.(1)

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Evil-doing; a misdeed.

13. bidel n.

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One who makes announcements or carries messages and performs other services on the authority of a lord, court, guild, etc.; herald, town crier, summoner; bidel hod, a beadle's hood; bidel land (a…

14. blasfemīe n.

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(a) Uttered insult or irreverence to God, blasphemy (against God or anything holy; also, against heathen gods); a kind or example of blasphemy; (b) theol. any action, belief, or utterance offering…

15. blis(se n.

Additional spellings: blisse
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(a) A happy condition of existence; well-being, prosperity, good fortune; ?happiness caused by well-being or prosperity; blis and bale, good fortune and misfortune, happiness and misery; sone of blis

16. blọ̄d n.(1)

297 quotations in 12 senses
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(a) Blood; drauen blod, to draw blood; leten blod, sheden blod, spillen blod, shed blood; cause bloodshed, take life; as red as blod; (b) leten blod, to bleed (a person), phlebotomize; fig. to wound…

17. bọ̄k n.(1)

229 quotations in 10 senses
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(a) Any collection of sheets or leaves, bound or unbound, making up a volume of writings; a book as a material object; (b) bok bindere, one who binds books; bok haspe, a clasp for the covers of a…

18. borwehōd, -hēd n.

Additional spellings: borwehed
4 quotations in 1 sense
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(a) Law The giving of surety, suretyship; (b) theol. the act of redeeming, redemption.

19. braunch n.

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A branch or twig of a tree, vine, or other plant; a frond of a palm; also fig.; braunch of pes, the olive branch brought by the dove to Noah; braunch gaderer, one who prunes or gathers branches.

20. brīd-āle, brīdal n.

Additional spellings: bridale, bridal
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(a) Wedding feast; (b) brid-ale cloth, festive wedding dress; brid-ale hous, bridal chamber.

21. brīd(e n.(1)

Additional spellings: bride
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(a) A young woman about to be married or just married, bride; also, a woman recently married, young wife; wife; (b) brid bed, nuptial couch, marriage bed; (c) brid clothes, festive wedding dress.

22. brīd-gǒme, -gọ̄me n.

Additional spellings: bridgome, bridgome
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(a) A young man about to be married or recently married; bridegroom, husband; (b) theol. of Christ: spouse in mystical union with Christendom or with a saint.

23. brim-stōn n.

Additional spellings: brimston
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(a) The mineral sulphur; (b) quik brim-ston, native or virgin sulphur; ded brim-ston, sulphur which has been rendered inert; poudre of brim-ston, flowers of sulphur; brim-ston water, water containing…

24. chaf n.

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(a) The refuse of grain, i.e. the straw, the ears, and the husks; chopped straw used as fodder, bedding or stuffing, or in making bricks; (b) barli chaf, bene chaf, ote chaf, whete chaf, barley straw…

25. chaier(e n.

Additional spellings: chaiere
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(a) A comfortable seat, such as a chair, armchair, couch, or lounge; long chaier; (b) a sedan chair or litter; (c) chaier of esement, a stool for relieving oneself; (d) chaier boue, ?the frame of a…

26. cherubin n.

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Theol. An angel of the second order (ranking below a seraph) in the hierarchy of nine orders; angel cherubin; also used allusively of the Evangelists for their wisdom. [Cherubs stand beside God's…

27. chīld n.

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(a) A young child, a baby; child infaunte, litel (smal, yong) child, ; beren child, to give birth; (b) an unborn child, a fetus; unborne child; (c) ben (mid) with child, gon with child, to be…

28. chōsling n.

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Theol. One of the elect.

29. circumcisiǒun n.

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A religious rite of Jews and Mohammedans: removal of the foreskin, circumcision [corresp. in significance to baptism among Christians]; holden, kepen circumcisioun, observe the rite of circumcision…

30. circumincessiǒun n.

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Theol. a term describing the mutuality within the Trinity (literally 'going around').

31. commū̆naltẹ̄ n.

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(a) The people of a country, county, city, etc.; a people, nation; a commonwealth, community; (b) theol. communion; communalte of .. seintes.

32. condempnāciǒun n.

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(a) Theol. Damnation; (b) sentencing or conviction, as for an offense; a sentence; (c) a penalty or punishment imposed by sentence.

33. confūsiǒun n.

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(a) Destruction, ruin; death; bringen to confusioun; (b) a source or cause of ruin; (c) theol. perdition, damnation.

34. congrūence n.

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(a) Fitness, appropriateness; (b) convenience; (c) theol. adequacy of deserving behavior (as distinct from condignity, q.v. in OD).

35. consecrāciǒun n.

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(a) Ritual dedication to God; consecration (of a place of worship, of oil for sacramental use, etc.); (b) ordination (of a bishop) to sacred office.

36. consistōrie n.

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Eccl. (a) The court of a diocese for adjudication under canon law, bishop's court; also, a session of such a court; consistorie session; (b) the senate of cardinals, the consistory.

37. coronāl n.

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(a) A precious circlet, often of gold and gems, worn about the head for ornament or to show rank; a coronal, coronet, diadem; (b) such a circlet worn about a helmet; (c) theol. an aureole or halo.

38. cǒvenaunt n.

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An agreement between parties binding them to certain provisions; a compact (as of betrothal or marriage), a pact (as of peace); maken (a) covenaunt; binden to covenaunt; holden covenaunt, kepen

39. crọ̄k n.

109 quotations in 7 senses
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(a) Any tool, implement, or utensil consisting of, or having as an important part, a curved piece of metal or hook, such as a grappling iron, a pot hook, a reaping hook or sickle, ?a hoe, ?a fork, a…

40. dai n.

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A period of 24 hours, a natural day; dai natural; a daies space, a whole day; daies bred, daily bread; prime of the dai; etc.

41. dampnāciǒun n.

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(a) Judicial condemnation; sentencing, conviction; also, death sentence; hous of dampnacioun, ?a law court or tribunal; (b) doom, ruin, injury.

42. dēd adj. as n.

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(a) A dead man, a corpse; pl. dead men, corpses, the dead; dedes office, funeral service; (b) a ghost; (c) one who has died; the ded, the deceased; dedes wille, will or desire expressed by someone who…

43. desperāciǒun n.

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Loss or lack of hope or confidence; despair, desperation, despondency.

44. dēth n.

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Loss of life; dying, death as an event; deth of the bodi, deth of lif; dout (dred) of deth, fear of dying; paien the dette of deth, to die as man must die; dethes cares, throes of death.

45. dette n.

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(a) Whatever one owes another in goods, money, tribute, rent, dues, or the like; a debt; paien (quiten, yelden) dette, to pay a debt; borwen dette, incur a debt; axen dette, demand payment of a debt…

46. dispensaciǒun n.

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(a) Power to dispose of wealth; (b) eccl. stewardship; (c) physiol. function.

47. dọ̄mes-man n.

Additional spellings: domesman
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(a) The chief officer of a law court, a judge or magistrate; a ruler of the Hebrews before the kingdom; also, one who has the power to render judgment; (b) an arbiter; (c) domes-man sete, a judge's…

48. ē̆lecciǒun n.

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The action of choosing; choice, free choice; selection.

49. essencia, -ie n.

Additional spellings: essencie, ensencie
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(a) Phil. Substance, or true being, as distinguished from accidental qualities; (b) theol. divine essence or being; that in respect of which the three persons of the Trinity are one.

50. flē̆sh n.

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(a) The flesh of the human body; esp., the muscular, gristly, and glandular portions (as opposed to blood vessels, bones, fat, hair, ligaments, nerves, skin, etc.); (b) corresponding portions of an…

51. fō̆rme n.

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(a) The physical shape of something, contour, outline; the figure or shape (of a person), body; also fig.; (b) forme and shape, shape or forme, forme and shafte, etc.

52. fracciǒun n.

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(a) The breaking (of an object); fracture (of a bone); (b) theol. the breaking or dividing of the Host; (c) math. an aliquot part of a unit, a fraction or subdivision; also, a mark indicating such a…

53. frumth(e n.

Additional spellings: frumthe
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Theol. (a) The beginning of the World, the Creation; the period before the Fall of Man; early times; (b) the period before the Creation, Eternity; the creative principle, the first cause.

54. fulnes(se n.

Additional spellings: fulnesse
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(a) The state of being filled, fulness; (b) abundance, plenty; (c) height or perfection (of wisdom).

55. hōpe n.(1)

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(a) Trust, confidence; haven hope to (in), to trust in (sb. or sth.); (b) wishful desire, hope; without hope, without wishful thinking, without exaggeration; (c) expectation; state of expectancy; (d)…

56. idea n.

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Phil. & theol. The archetype of a thing as existing in the mind of God, the Platonic 'idea' [cp. forme n. 14a. & exaumple 5.].

57. impassibilitẹ̄ n.

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Theol. The attribute or endowment of being exempt from death, sickness, pain, etc.

58. incarnāciǒun n.

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(a) Theol. The Christian doctrine that God became man, Christ's incarnation; cristes incarnacioun, incarnacioun of the lord, etc.; taken incarnacioun of, to assume human form from (the Blessed…

59. insufflāciọ̄n n.

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Theol. Insufflation, a blowing in of the Holy Ghost.

60. keie n.(1)

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(a) A key; lok and keie; also fig.; kinges keies, crowbars and hammers used to force locks or doors; (b) a representation of a key in a heraldic device; keie of rome, a key as a sign of Roman…

61. kīnde n.

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(a) The aggregate of inherent qualities or properties of persons, animals, plants, elements, medicines, etc.; essential character; the nature of emotions, attributes, and the like; after the fleshes

62. ladder(e n.

Additional spellings: laddere
63 quotations in 2 senses
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(a) A ladder; also, Jacob's ladder; ?also, a stone stairway; (b) a removable framework attached to the body of a cart; cart ladder [see cart 8. (b)]; (c) ?a splint used on broken bones; (d) ladder(es

63. lettre n.

313 quotations in 5 senses
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(a) An alphabetic character, a letter; initial, capital letter; also, in sg. and pl.: writing, script; style of handwriting, hand; ?also, in pl.: words; blak lettre, letters written in black, black…

64. lǒve n.(1)

643 quotations in 10 senses
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(a) Love (either the emotion itself or the manifestation of it in action or conduct); friendship, friendly behavior; (b) actual love, a specific feeling or expression of love; brenninge love, hot love

65. man n.

694 quotations in 21 senses
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(a) A person, a man or woman; (b) erest men, the first men, Adam and Eve; cristen man, ded man, fals man, god man, haveles man, hethen man, ivel man, povre man, riche man, rightwis man, unilered man,

66. manhēd(e n.

Additional spellings: manhede
129 quotations in 3 senses
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(a) Human condition, nature, or form; in manhed, in human form; (b) theol. the human condition, nature, or body of Christ after His incarnation; nimen (taken) manhed, to become incarnate.

67. mariāǧe n.

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(a) The action of marrying; marriage; maken mariage, to enter into marriage, be married; prepare or arrange for marriage; (b) the state or condition of being married; matrimony; wedlock; (c) alliaunce

68. mark(e n.(1)

Additional spellings: marke
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(a) The boundary or limit of a field, mountain, forest, etc.; a border between countries or regions; the shore or bank of a sea or river; mark wei [OE mearc-weg], a road that serves as a boundary…

69. mā̆tē̆r(e n.

Additional spellings: matere
317 quotations in 12 senses
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(a) Physical substance, matter; material; mater subget, the matter or substance of which a thing consists; bodilich (ertheli) mater, corporeality; ?also, element [quots.: a1393 & c1400]; (b) prime…

70. mẹ̄de n.(4)

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(a) A gift; noble or royal endowment; a suitor's blandishments; maken mede, to institute the giving of gifts; (b) a material reward; compensation (for work or services); wages, earnings, salary; (c) a…

71. mediācī(e n.

Additional spellings: mediacie
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Theol. Intercession.

72. mediāciǒun n.

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(a) Mediation, negotiation; also, intermediation [quot.: a1475(?a1430)]; bi (thurgh, with)..mediacioun, with (someone's) help, through the good offices (of sb.); (b) means; bi mediacioun (and mene,

73. mediātǒur n.

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(a) A mediator, negotiator; agent, emissary, messenger; go-between; also, agency, means [quots.: NHom., *MS Wel.]; (b) theol. of a saint, of the Virgin Mary: intercessor; of Christ: the Mediator.

74. membre n.

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(a) A sex organ; sg. penis; also, foreskin [quot.: c1425]; also, vagina, vulva; pl. male or female genitalia; also, testicles; (b) manli (privi, secret, shamefast, shameful, sinful) membres; membre of

75. mē̆nd(e n.

Additional spellings: mende
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(a) Recompense, reparations; damages; to mend, as recompense; maken mendes, to make restitution; also, pay a fine; maken mi mendes, recompense me; geten mendes; (b) remedy, cure.

76. mendement n.

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(a) Improvement, alleviation, redress, remedy; (b) benefit.

77. mercī n.(1)

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(a) Pardon for a sin or an injury, forgiveness, mercy; (b) asken (bidden, bisechen, craven, crien, sechen) merci, crien for merci, to beg for pardon, forgiveness, or clemency; with ind. obj.: bidden

78. merī̆t(e n.

Additional spellings: merite
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(a) A condition of a person's character or conduct that deserves either reward or punishment; merites, deserts; ben of god merites (wikked merit), to be worthy (unworthy); (b) due reward or…

79. mistērī(e n.(1)

Additional spellings: misterie
49 quotations in 3 senses
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Theol. Hidden symbolism, doctrine, or spiritual significance in matters of religion; mystical truth; misteri of the feith, misteri of god; misteri of holi chirche, etc.

80. mō̆rā̆litẹ̄ n.

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Moral or virtuous conduct and thought; pl. moral dispositions and qualities.

81. ō̆n-hē̆d(e n.

Additional spellings: onhed, on-hede, onhede
75 quotations in 3 senses
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(a) Unity, oneness, singularity; also, the number one, unity; in on-hed, as one, as a single person or entity [quot.: Cleanness]; single of on-hed, simple in nature; (b) theol. unity of being or…

82. penaunce n.

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Eccl. & theol. (a) The sacrament of penance or reconciliation; -- also personified; penaunce of the chirche, sacrament of penaunce; bok o (of) penaunce, a treatise on penance, a penitential; taken

83. perdiciǒun n.

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(a) Destruction of property, a person, nation, etc., ruin; defeat in battle; dai of perdicioun, time of final destruction; (b) great harm; death; (c) the loss of part of the body; perdicioun of

84. prē̆destināciǒun n.

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Theol. (a) The foreordaining of souls to salvation, election; also personified; (b) foreordination to either good or evil destiny; ?also, divine foreknowledge.

85. prē̆destinẹ̄ n.

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Theol. Foreordination, predestination.

86. prēfigūrāciǒun n.

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Theol. Foreshadowing, prefiguration.

87. prēfigūraunce n.

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Theol. Foreshadowing, prefiguration.

88. prēsumpciǒun n.

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(a) Arrogance, overconfidence, presumption; impertinence, forwardness; -- also personified; presumpcioun of, overconfidence in (oneself) [quot.: Treat.Hope]; arrogance about (sth.) [quot.: PPl.C]; (b)…

89. prōcessiǒun n.

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(a) A religious procession; also, the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem; also fig.; (b) a funeral procession; (c) a secular procession, parade; joie and processioun, celebration, festivity; (d)…

90. Pū̆blicā̆n n.(2)

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Theol.?A member of the heretical Paulician sect.

91. purgā̆tōrī(e n.

Additional spellings: purgatorie
72 quotations in 4 senses
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(a) Theol. A place or condition of temporal punishment for the spiritual cleansing after death of souls destined for heaven, purgatory; (b) chirche sleping in purgatori, soules in purgatori, the…

92. raunsǒun n.

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(a) The release of a prisoner of war by payment; also, fig. with payment in blood; bien raunsoun [see bien v. 1a.(a)]; maken raunsoun, to effect (one's) ransom; also fig.; proferen to raunsoun, offer…

93. raunsǒuner(e n.

Additional spellings: raunsounere
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Theol. Redeemer, savior, esp. as an epithet for Christ.

94. rēd n.(1)

433 quotations in 15 senses
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(a) Advice, counsel; also, teaching; also, a suggestion, piece of advice; red bore [OE rǣd-bora], red man [cp. redes-man n.], a counselor; red wise, wise in counsel; (b) after (mid, of, thurgh) red

95. redempciǒun n.

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(a) Theol. Salvation, redemption; maken redempcioun, to effect redemption (of sb.); (b) moral reformation; (c) liberation from captivity or hell; also fig.; (d) deliverance from captivity or restraint…

96. remissiǒun n.

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(a) Release from duty or obligation; freeing of captives; Bibl. dai of remissioun, a holiday from work; yer of remissioun, a Jubilee year; also, a Sabbatical year; don (maken) remissioun, to grant…

97. renovāciǒun n.

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(a) Theol. Spiritual rebirth, regeneration; (b) rebuilding, reconstruction.

98. repā̆st(e n.

Additional spellings: repaste
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(a) A meal; a feast; also fig.; (b) food; nourishment; also fig.; (c) theol. Christ om the Eucharist.

99. right-wīsnes(se n.

Additional spellings: rightwisnes, right-wisnesse, rightwisnesse
141 quotations in 3 senses
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(a) Justice; fairness, impartiality; court of right-wisnes, court of justice; (b) an instance of justice; just punishment; also, just punishment personified; don right-wisnes, to see justice done…

100. sacrā̆ment n.

143 quotations in 5 senses
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Eccl. & theol.: (a) A sacrament of the Church, a visible sign imparting grace; sacrament of holi chirche, holi chirche sacramentes; lak of sacramentes, failure to receive the sacraments; sacramentes