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  • She was earnestly religious, and I remember her telling me of a demele she had had with her confessor.

    What I Remember

  • After his demele with the law of high treason in 1715, he had lived in retirement, conversing almost entirely with those of his own principles in the vicinage.

    Waverley — Volume 1

  • The Lord Keeper traversed the chambers, held consultation with the butler in the cellars, and even ventured, at the risk of a demele with a cook of a spirit lofty enough to scorn the admonitions of Lady Ashton herself, to peep into the kitchen.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

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  • Looking at a French dictionary and at the context of its use by Scott and others, it appears to mean a disagreement, run-in, contretemps.

    June 8, 2013