from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Archaic Not having received the Eucharist. Used of a dead or dying person.
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- adj. Not having taken the housel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not having received the sacrament.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not having received the sacrament.
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The word "unhouseled" in this means that he died without receiving the sacred elements before his death.
Me, the heir of their founder — me, whom their foundation binds them to pray for — me — ungrateful villains as they are! — they suffer to die like the houseless dog on yonder common, unshriven and unhouseled! —
Alas! what multitudes of real dwarfs go out every day, 'unhouseled,' into that searching light of eternity.
And it will be noted, moreover, that the ghost emphasises the treachery of which he has been the victim, in that he was sent into eternity "unhouseled, unaneled," as though momentary acts can make up for years wasted and misspent.
I will flaunt my deathless banners down the far, unhouseled lands.
Still, he had to accept it, or go unhouseled again.
But the one thing she could not bear was that either Frenchmen or Englishmen should die unconfessed, "unhouseled, disappointed, unannealed."
And her eyes get moist, for she means it more or less; but next day she catches a cold and refuses food, saying that all her bones ache and her head is revolving; then the horror of dying among strangers, "unhouseled, disappointed, unaneled," proves too much for the faithful creature, and she disappears without notice, leaving her darling and its mother to look out for another Ayah.
It was Voltaire's last triumph; four days later, unshriven and unhouseled, he expired.
-- they suffer to die like the houseless dog on yonder common, unshriven and unhouseled!