Definitions

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  • adj. Surmounted by an ordinary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Surmounted by an ordinary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In her., surmounted or partly covered by one of the ordinaries: said of an ordinary or other bearing, especially of a representation of a beast, as a lion.

Etymologies

Compare Old French debruisier to shatter, break. Compare bruise. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On a scutcheon of pretence in the centre, Argent, a lion ramp. gules, debruised with ragged staff, proper.

    Notes and Queries, Number 188, June 4, 1853 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.

  • The first thing I remember about her is her lecturing me on genealogy and heraldry, when I wanted to go fishing, till, school-boy rampant as I was, I heartily wished her impaled and debruised on her own Donoghue herse proper.

    The Light of Scarthey

  • HENRY DE PERCY, son and heir of HENRY third Baron, the lion is debruised, for Difference, by a Barrulet which crosses the Shield in the honour-point.

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

  • France without the baton sinister under which, according to the law of heraldry, they should have been debruised in token of his illegitimate birth, but ventured to touch for the king's evil.

    The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 1

  • Without patrimony, with a moderation in taking fees without an example in our land, living as became a gentleman of his position in life and affairs, he yet accumulated a larger fortune than was probably ever before accumulated by a Virginia farmer or a lawyer beginning life without patrimony; and when wealth was obtained, living with that modesty and simplicity so becoming to great genius and great wealth, ever looking with just contempt on that most piteous of all spectacles, the spectacle of lofty genius debruised and debased by the accursed thirst for gold; and presenting in all the private relations of life an example which may be held up for the imitation of the old and the young.

    Discourse of the Life and Character of the Hon Littleton Waller Tazewell

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