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Middle-English Word of the Day - December 6, 2007

Sely (adj.) - happy, blessed, simple, humble.

Greet was the drede and eek the repentance
Of hem that hadden wrong suspecioun
Upon this sely innocent, custance;
And for this miracle, in conclusioun,
And by custances mediacioun,
The kyng -- and many another in that place --
Converted was, thanked be cristes grace!

- Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury tales (1387-1394)

Pronunciation: /sEli/

/s/ s in hiss
/E/ e in met
/l/ l in lily
/i/ i in machine

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