from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made heavy or dull; debased.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Subjected; enslaved; envassaled. The word has been found only in the passage cited, where some take it to be ⟨ pesant + -ed, and translate ‘heavy,’ ‘stupid.’


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  • From a poem by the English poet John Marston, a contemporary of Bacon, Shakespeare, and Jonson, apparently the only instance of this term's use in print other than in citations of it and in dictionaries. Cf. Old French pesant - "heavy".

    "...that now poore soul (thus pesanted to each lewd thoughts controule) hath lost all heart..." --Scourge of Villainie, Satyre XI. Humours.

    December 29, 2011