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Middle-English Word of the Day - February 15, 2008

Lissien (v.) - to ease (the noun "lisse" means ease, rest, joy, or happiness).

So as thou seist, for thin aprise
To hiere of suche thinges wise,
Wherof thou myht the time lisse,
So as I can, I schal the wisse:

- Gower, John: Confessio amantis (1390-1393)

Pronunciation: /lis@/

/l/ l in lily
/i/ i in machine
/s/ s in hiss
/@/ a in sofa

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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