from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Suffering, distress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Want of ease; discomfort; misery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Discomfort; trouble.


From Anglo-Norman meseise, miseise et al., Old French mesaise ( > French mésaise), from mes- ("mis-") + aise ("ease"). (Wiktionary)


  • He called to his table such good knights as were in misease, by reason of prison or of war.

    French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France

  • He made ready a plenteous dinner, and inquired through the town for such poor knights as were in misease by reason of prison or of war.

    French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France

  • Launfal lay in great misease, because of his heavy thoughts, and the discomfort of his bed.

    French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France

  • Nay, said King Mark, I will not have ado with you, for cause have ye none to me; for all the misease that Sir Tristram hath was for a letter that he found; for as to me I did to him no displeasure, and God knoweth I am full sorry for his disease and malady.

    Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 1

  • My most dear children, have ye mercy on your sorrowful mother, that am in so great misease and in so great weepings for you; O poor caitiff that I am, what shall I do that lose my two sons? and to the death I see them go by their free will.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 2

  • And though she did abstinence, yet was she liberal to the poor, so that she might not suffer that any had misease, but gave to them all largely.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 6

  • Lancelot understandeth that the knight is not overburdened of courtesy, and he seeth the table garnished of good meat, and bethinketh him he will not do well to lose such ease, for misease enough had they the night before.

    The High History of the Holy Graal

  • When the King eaten in hall, the Queen with the King and the knights go to lean at the windows to look at the three damsels and the three white harts that draw the car, and the more part said that the damsel afoot that went after the two that were mounted should have the most misease.

    The High History of the Holy Graal

  • But, had Perceval known thereof, he would have been little glad, for that he asked the knight to go for the horse, but he did it only for the best, and for that he rode in great misease.

    The High History of the Holy Graal

  • There were they a while of time in great misease, and so long that the son of the Count was much sick, insomuch that the Count and Messire Thibault had fear of his dying.

    Old French Romances


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