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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The earth as the abode of men.


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  • [eal his óf spring efter hi {m}. en hearme is bi {} fealle.] þurst ⁊ hunger. chele ⁊ hete. helde ⁊ unhelðe. þurh him deð com in þis middenerd ⁊ oðer uniselðe.

    Selections from early Middle English, 1130-1250 Part I: Texts

  • Ne bidde ich na bet bo alesed a domes dei of bende. lutel he wat wet is pine. ⁊ lutel he hit scaweð 135 hwice hete is þer þa saule wuneð hu biter wind þer blaweð. hefde he bon þer enne dei oðer twa bare tide {;} nolde he for al middenerd þe þerdde þer abiden. þet habbeð iseid þ [e] comen þonen þa hit wisten mid iwissen. wa wurð sorȝe seueȝer. for souenihte blisse.

    Selections from early Middle English, 1130-1250 Part I: Texts


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  • Perhaps also an overly studious person with few social skills who enjoys digging up old privies.

    September 20, 2008

  • The world; the earth as a middle region between heaven and hell; (also) the inhabitants or things of the world, esp. as opposed to those of heaven; worldly things as opposed to divine or spiritual things.

    August 6, 2008