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1. ab(b)reviāciǒun n.

Additional spellings: abbreviacioun
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(a) Shortness; (b) abridgement (of a story, etc.); an abstract or summary.

2. abhomināciǒun n.

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(a) Physical loathing, disgust, nausea; abhominacioun of wlatsomnesse, nausea; haven abhominacioun of, to be disgusted or nauseated by (sth.); abhominacioun of stomak; (b) moral abhorrence; haven

3. abjecciǒun n.

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(a) Humbleness, lowliness; an abject position; (b) one who is utterly degraded, the lowest (of the lowly).

4. abjūrāciǒun n.

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Solemn renunciation of heresy or idolatry.

5. ablā̆tī̆f, -ī̆ve adj. & n.

Additional spellings: ablative
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(a) The ablative (case) of Latin; a noun or adjective in the ablative case; (b) in a pun (with ref. to L ablātiō a taking away & ablāt-um taken away, stolen): carried off, stolen; ablatif cas, the…

6. abǒundaunce n.

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(a) A great number of things, a great quantity; plenty, a sufficiency; also, an excess; -- often with in or of; (b) aboundaunce of water, an overflow, a flood.

7. absence n.

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(a) The state of being away from a place, absence; in his absence, etc.; (b) in absence, absent; (c) the fact of being lacking or missing, lack, non-existence.

8. absent adj. (& n.)

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(a) Not in a particular place, not present, absent; -- often with fro, from; (b) of things, qualities, etc.: absent, lacking, non-existent.

9. absinthe n.

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Wormwood; fig. bitterness sorrow.

10. absō̆lūciǒun n.

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(a) Forgiveness of sin as pronounced by a priest or by authority of the Church, remission; esp., the sacrament of penance; (b) a document granting remission of sins, an indulgence; (c) the act of…

11. abstinence n.

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Avoidance (of sth.), refraining (from sth.), self-denial; abstinence of mete, fasting; ben of abstinence, abstain; don abstinence of, abstain from; maken abstinence, avoid luxury.

12. abūsiǒun n.

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(a) Misuse, perversion, abuse; (b) in abusioun, insultingly, abusively; also, in a wicked or unnatural manner.

13. accent n.

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Accent, modulation.

14. accepciǒun n.

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(a) The acceptance of something as true or valid; approval (of a book); (b) accepcioun of persones, personal accepcioun, favoritism, partiality; (c) a condition or stipulation to which one has agreed…

15. acceptāciǒun n.

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(a) The act of accepting (an office) or approving (a privilege, etc.); (b) acceptance or approval (of sth.) as true or just or satisfactory; (c) acceptacioun of persones, favoritism, partiality.

16. acces(se n.

Additional spellings: accesse
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(a) Any attack of illness characterized by fever, but esp. of malarial fever or ague; acces ill, sharp acces, ague; fervent acces, hard acces, hot acces, etc.; (b) an attack of fever; esp. one of the…

17. accidence n.

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(a) Phil. A non-essential or incidental characteristic, a temporary and variable property of a thing; bi accidence, through a secondary means, indirectly; of accidence, without affecting or involving…

18. accǒunt(e n.

Additional spellings: accounte
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(a) A computation, enumeration, or count; -- often pl.; (b) the method or art of computing; -- pl.

19. ac(c)ūsāciǒun, -tiọ̄n n.

Additional spellings: accusacioun, acusation, accusation
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(a) The act of charging someone with an offence or misconduct; (b) law formal accusation, indictment; (c) self-accusation, confession.

20. ac(c)ūsatīf adj. & n.

Additional spellings: accusatif
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(a) Accusing, self-accusing [note the play on the word cas in GRom.]; (b) gram. accustif (cas).

21. acelle n.

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Armpit.

22. Achademie n.

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The garden near Athens where Plato taught.

23. achāte(s n.

Additional spellings: achates
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(a) Agate, a precious stone said to be endowed with many virtues; (b) eagle stone [cp. etites].

24. act(e n.

Additional spellings: acte
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(a) A deed, an action (either physical or mental); process, operation, activity; (b) a written record of an action; Actes of Apostles, a book of the New Testament; (c) a state of accomplishment or…

25. actǒur n.

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(a) A doer, a maker; (b) actour of curing, that which brings about a cure; (c) a guardian, a steward; (d) law one who brings suit at law, the plaintiff.

26. actūalitẹ̄ n.

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Effective power, efficacy; ?essence.

27. acūitẹ̄ n.

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Of blood, an ulcer, a medicine: sharpness, acridity, corrosiveness.

28. adama(u)nt n.

Additional spellings: adamaunt
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(a) A kind of precious stone; diamond; (b) adamant; fig. something indestructible and enduring, something impenetrable.

29. addiciǒun n.

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Math. The act of adding numbers together; the arithmetical process of addition.

30. adhērent n.

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Follower, associate, supporter.

31. adinvenciǒun n.

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An idea of one's own inventing; a fabrication.

32. adjectī̆f, -ī̆ve adj. & n.

Additional spellings: adjective
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Gram. (a) Adjectival; noun adjectif, an adjective; verb adjectif, a verbal noun or adjective; (b) as noun: adjective.

33. adjūrement n.

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A solemn entreaty.

34. administrāciǒun n.

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(a) Act of administering, management; commun administracioun, administration of public affairs or government; (b) administrative position or function; right or power to govern, office; (c) management…

35. administrātǒur n.

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(a) Manager, steward; (b) one who manages a deceased person's estate (who may or may not be one of the executors).

36. administre, -er n.

Additional spellings: administer
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One who manages the estate of a deceased person.

37. adūlāciǒun, -tion n.

Additional spellings: adulation
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Insincere praise, flattery.

38. adulterī n.

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Adultery.

39. adulteǒur n.

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An adulterer.

40. adustiǒun n.

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(a) Treatment with heat or burning, calcination of a substance; (b) surg. cauterization; (c) phys. the corruption of bodily humors, ulcers, etc., by heat; the process by which humors, etc., become adu

41. advōcāt, advoket n.

Additional spellings: advoket
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(a) A professional pleader in courts of law; counsel, attorney, advocate; (b) one who intercedes for another, mediator, intercessor (esp. of Christ or the Virgin Mary); (c) protector, champion…

42. advocā̆trīce, -trix n.

Additional spellings: advocatrix
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Of the Virgin: advocate, intercessor.

43. affecciǒun, -tion n.

Additional spellings: affection
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That faculty of the soul concerned with emotion and volition; the emotional (as opposed to the intellectual) side of human nature, capacity for feeling or emotion; the capacity for desiring or…

44. affīe n.

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Reliance, trust; don affie, setten affie, to put (one's) trust (in sb.).

45. affinitẹ̄ n.

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(a) Relationship by marriage (as distinguished from blood relationship); a kinship between families which results from a fornication committed by a member of one family with a member of the other…

46. afflicciǒun n.

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(a) Misery, pain, sorrow, distress; also, that which causes pain or sorrow; (b) self-inflicted pain, penance, mortification of the flesh, asceticism.

47. agō̆nīe n.

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(a) Anguish, agony; a fit of anguish; (b) death throes; the agony of Jesus in Gethsemane.

48. agrest, -a adj. & n.

Additional spellings: agresta
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(a) Uncultivated, wild (plant); (b) win agrest, agresta, verjuice.

49. agūe n.

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Acute (as opposed to chronic or intermittent) fever, or an attack of it; also, any of certain diseases, including malaria, having acute fever as a symptom; brenning ague, hote ague; pestilence ague

50. aiel n.

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(a) Grandfather; gret aiel, distant ancestor; (b) aieles, ancestors.

51. air n.(1)

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The gaseous substance surrounding the Earth; air, the atmosphere. [In ancient cosmology, the perisphere of air was said to be surrounded by the perisphere of fire. The perisphere of air was regarded…

52. air(e n.

Additional spellings: aire
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Hawk. (a) Nest; (b) of noble aire, of noble breed or strain.

53. alabastre n.

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Any of various kinds of alabaster [used for carved images, altars, shrines, etc.].

54. albeston n.

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A mineral reputed to be unquenchable when set on fire; ?the fiber asbestos as used for the wick of an ever-burning lamp; prob. confused with alabaster in quot. c1450.

55. ālienāciǒun n.

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Law The transfer of one's title to property or rights; alienation or sale (of property); surrender or loss (of a right); also, alteration (of a will) [quot. 1458].

56. allē̆gāciǒun n.

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(a) Law Formal declaration in court, presentation of evidence; maken allegacioun, declare; (b) an argument or reason proffered as evidence or proof.

57. almaille n.

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Living beings.

58. almerīe n.

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A place for storing or safekeeping: (a) a pantry or butlery; a safe for food; also said of the stomach [quot. a1398]; (b) a closet or wardrobe; (c) a cabinet, chest, or strongbox, as for valuables…

59. altercāciǒun n.

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(a) Verbal controversy or strife; quarreling, wrangling; (b) controversial argument or discussion; controversy, disputation, debate; also, an argument or charge advanced in a disputation [quot.Mum &

60. alū̆m n.

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(a) Common or potash alum; (b) used as a generic term (including certain alum-bearing minerals and aluminous salts as well as potash alum); (c) poudre (of) alum, water of alum.

61. Amazoine, -zōn(ia n.

Additional spellings: Amazon, Amazonia
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The country of the Amazons.

62. ambāǧes n.

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Intentional ambiguity.

63. ambes-ās n.

Additional spellings: ambesas
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(a) In the game of dice (hazard, craps): two ones, a double ace [the lowest possible score]; (b) bad luck, misfortune; casten ambes-as, have bad luck, lose out, fail.

64. ambiciǒun n.

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(a) Excessive desire or striving for honor, power, or wealth; ambition; fals ambicioun; (b) arrogance, ostentation.

65. ambrōse, -ie, -ine n.

Additional spellings: ambrosie, ambrosine
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(a) Ambrose, wild sage, wood germander Teucrium scorodonia; (b) peti ambrose, a different plant, probably yarrow Achillea millefolium; (c) ?maidenhair fern Adiantum capillus-veneris.

66. amenitẹ̄ n.

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Pleasantness (of climate, etc.).

67. amission n.

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Losing, a loss.

68. amit n.

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A Eucharistic vestment: amice [a linen scarf worn over the head and the shoulders].

69. amōmum n.

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Any of a variety of aromatic plants of the Orient, or its seeds.

70. amoniciǒun n.

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(a) Reminding, instruction, prescription; an instance of same; (b) admonition; warning.

71. amphit(h)eātre n.

Additional spellings: amphitheatre
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Amphitheater.

72. amphora n.

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(a) An amphora; (b) a flask or flagon; (c) a liquid measure [of varying capacity].

73. ampulle n.

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(a) A small flask [of glass or metal]; (b) a small flask of consecrated water or oil [commonly carried by pilgrims returning from a shrine]; ampulla.

74. anchōrīte n.

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A recluse or hermit.

75. ancille n.

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A female servant, a maid; -- often with ref. to the Virgin Mary.

76. aneurisma, -isme n.

Additional spellings: aneurisme
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Arterial dilation, aneurism.

77. angle n.(2)

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(a) A recess, nook, corner (of a building); angle hole an opening or niche in a wall; fig. angle of wrecchednesse [?cp. sense 4]; (b) a section (of a city, a country, etc.), esp. an outlying region or…

78. anglēr adj. as n.

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A cornerstone or quoin; also fig.; square angler, such a stone cut to a right angle; angler skouchon, cut to an obtuse angle [cp. scochoun shield].

79. anīs n.

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(a) The plant anise Pimpinella anisum or its seed; anis sed; also, dill Anethum graveolens, for which see anet(e; (b) a confection containing anise; anis in comfite.

80. anker n.

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(a) A ship's anchor; casten, laien, senden out anker; drauen up, halen, highen, pullen up, taken up, weien (up) anker; riden at, bi, on anker; (b) a weight; (c) a fastening device, a mooring.

81. annuē̆l adj. & n.

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(a) Of income, rent, etc.: yearly, annual; (b) of service: lasting a year, by the year; (c) of persons: engaged or appointed by the year; (d) annuel prest, a priest who performs anniversary memorial…

82. annulet n.

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(a) a small ring; (b) Med. and anat. the 'cartilage of the windpipe' [Norri]; (c) her. a cadency mark in the shape of a ring.

83. 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

84. antidōt(um n.

Additional spellings: antidotum
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(a) A drug or medicine, a remedy; (b) ?pl a book of remedies, or the title of such a book [= antidotarie n.]

85. antiquitẹ̄ n.

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Ancient times, the past; antiquity (usu. with ref. to Israel, Greece, or Rome); time of antiquite; in antiquite; bokes of antiquite, ancient books, books of the Ancients; of old (eld) antiquite, from…

86. apostle n.

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One of the Twelve Apostles of Christ; apostles twelve; also, a missionary or evangelist of the early Church, such as St. Paul; apostle of Engelonde; apostle of hethen men; apostolene prince.

87. ap(p)araunce, -ence n.

Additional spellings: apparaunce, aparence, apparence
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(a) Visible form, figure; (b) sight.

88. appellāciọ̄n n.

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(a) A formal accusation in court; (b) an appeal; the right to appeal to a different, esp. a higher, tribunal or authority; (c) a name or appellation.

89. ap(p)etīt n.

Additional spellings: appetit
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Physiol. & psych. An inherent urge or drive attributed to the various organs of the body (such as the genitals, the stomach, the senses), to the mental 'faculties', or to the organism as a whole…

90. appodiāciǒun n.

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A support or prop.

91. appodiment n.

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A support or prop.

92. appōsiciǒun n.

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(a) Addition; (b) application; (c) gram. apposition.

93. apprōbāciǒun n.

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(a) Proven effectiveness, excellence; (b) approval, endorsement.

94. Arābien, -ian adj. & n.

Additional spellings: Arabian
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(a) Arabian; an Arab; (b) a religious sect [see quot.].

95. Arabī̆k adj. & n.

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(a) Arabic; Arabik tonge; (b) gomme Arabik, gum Arabic.

96. arain(e n.

Additional spellings: araine
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A spider; arain thredes, arain webbe(s; araines ei, egg-case of a spider.

97. arbitǒur n.

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A person chosen to arbitrate a dispute or decide an issue.

98. arbitrāciǒun n.

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Extra-legal authority or responsibility for deciding a dispute or issue; putten in arbitracioun, submit to arbitration.

99. arbitre, -rīe n.

Additional spellings: arbitrie
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The ability to choose for oneself, discretion; fre arbitre, free choice, free will.

100. arblast, -blastē̆r n.

Additional spellings: arblaster
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(a) A weapon for discharging quarrels, stones, etc., consisting of a bow set crosswise on a shaft; a crossbow, an arbalest; (b) a missile shot from a crossbow; arblast shute.