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Middle-English Word of the Day - October 25, 2007

Derf (adj.) - brave, powerful, difficult, hard.

Miles 2: So late lede hym belyve and lenge her no lenger,
To ser Pilate oure prince oure pride will we prayse.

Miles 3: Yoa, he may synge or he slepe of sorowe and angir,
For many derfe dedes he has done in his dayes.

Miles 4: Now wightly late wende on oure wayes,
Late vs trusse vs, no tyme is to tarie.

- Anonymous: The York plays (1440)

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
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The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.
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