chance-medley

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally, a casual affray or riot, accompanied with violence, and without deliberate or preconceived malice.
  • n. The killing of another in self-defense, upon a sudden and unpremeditated encounter.
  • n. Misadventure.
  • n. A haphazard mixture; a fortuitous combination.
  • adj. Haphazard.

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Note

This word comes from the Norman French 'chance medlee,' mixed accident.

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