from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Misfortune; calamity; sickness.
- transitive v. To uncover. See unhele.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To uncover.
- n. Miserable condition; misfortune; wretchedness.
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So King Afridun, Lord of Constantinople, met them on the sea shore, and they told him all that had befallen them from the Moslem, and they wept sore and groaned and moaned; and rejoicing at weal was turned into dismay for unheal; and they informed him concerning Luka son of Shamlut, how calamity had betided him and how Death had shot him with his shaft.
And it is related that Abu Zarr [FN#339] used to say, Want is dearer to me than wealth, and unheal is dearer to me than health. '
How oft I plained the lowe of grief and love * Mid passions cast my soul in sore unheal.
Want is dearer to me than wealth, and unheal is dearer to me than health.’