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mesel

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Anglo-Norman mesel, Old French mesel, from Late Latin misellus (leper), from Latin miser (wretched). Compare measles.

AdjectiveEdit

mesel (comparative more mesel, superlative most mesel)

  1. (obsolete) Having leprosy; leprous. [14th-17th c.]

NounEdit

mesel (plural mesels)

  1. (obsolete) A leper. [14th-16th c.]
  2. (obsolete) A wretched or revolting person. [14th-16th c.]
    • 1395, John Wycliffe, Bible, Isaiah LIII:
      Verily he suffride oure sikenesses, and he bar oure sorewis; and we arettiden him as a mysel and smytun of God and maad low.
  3. (obsolete) Leprosy. [15th-16th c.]
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XVII:
      So hit befelle many yerys agone there happened on her a malodye, and whan she had lyene a grete whyle she felle unto a mesell, and no leche cowde remedye her [...].

Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Latin misellus.

NounEdit

mesel m (oblique plural meseaus or meseax or mesiaus or mesiax or mesels, nominative singular meseaus or meseax or mesiaus or mesiax or mesels, nominative plural mesel)

  1. leper
    • 1303, Bernard de Gordon, Fleur de lis de medecine (a.k.a. lilium medicine), page 172 of this essay:
      ou par gesir avec femme qui a dormi avec ung mesel
      or by lying with a woman who has slept with a leper

DescendantsEdit