Abbot of Unreason
Unreason Un*rea"son, n. [Pref. un- not + reason.] Want of reason; unreasonableness; absurdity. [1913 Webster]

{Abbot of Unreason}. See {Abbot of Misrule}, under {Abbot}. [1913 Webster]


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  • abbot of unreason — Usage: usually capitalized A&U Etymology: Middle English abbot of unresoun : an elected leader in old Scottish popular revels compare lord of misrule * * * abbot of unreason noun A lord of misrule or mock abbot in medieval revels • • • Main Entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • Abbot of Misrule — Abbot Ab bot, n. [AS. abbod, abbad, L. abbas, abbatis, Gr. abba^s, fr. Syriac abb[=a] father. Cf. {Abba}, {Abb[ E]}.] 1. The superior or head of an abbey. [1913 Webster] 2. One of a class of bishops whose sees were formerly abbeys. Encyc. Brit.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abbot of the people — Abbot Ab bot, n. [AS. abbod, abbad, L. abbas, abbatis, Gr. abba^s, fr. Syriac abb[=a] father. Cf. {Abba}, {Abb[ E]}.] 1. The superior or head of an abbey. [1913 Webster] 2. One of a class of bishops whose sees were formerly abbeys. Encyc. Brit.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abbot of misrule — Usage: usually capitalized A&M Etymology: Middle English abbot of mysreule : lord of misrule 1 * * * Abbot of Misrule or Abbot of Unreason, the leader of the festivities in medieval Christmas revels …   Useful english dictionary

  • Abbot of Misrule — see lord of misrule * * * Abbot of Misrule or Abbot of Unreason, the leader of the festivities in medieval Christmas revels …   Useful english dictionary

  • abbot of misrule — master of revels (especially at Christmas time), also known as abbot of unreason (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Unreason — Un*rea son, n. [Pref. un not + reason.] Want of reason; unreasonableness; absurdity. [1913 Webster] {Abbot of Unreason}. See {Abbot of Misrule}, under {Abbot}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abbot — Ab bot, n. [AS. abbod, abbad, L. abbas, abbatis, Gr. abba^s, fr. Syriac abb[=a] father. Cf. {Abba}, {Abb[ E]}.] 1. The superior or head of an abbey. [1913 Webster] 2. One of a class of bishops whose sees were formerly abbeys. Encyc. Brit. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lord of Misrule — Abbot Ab bot, n. [AS. abbod, abbad, L. abbas, abbatis, Gr. abba^s, fr. Syriac abb[=a] father. Cf. {Abba}, {Abb[ E]}.] 1. The superior or head of an abbey. [1913 Webster] 2. One of a class of bishops whose sees were formerly abbeys. Encyc. Brit.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lord of Misrule — noun a person appointed master of revels at a Christmas celebration • Hypernyms: ↑master of ceremonies, ↑emcee, ↑host * * * Etymology: Middle English lorde of mysrewle 1. : one chosen to preside over the Christmas revels at court, in noble… …   Useful english dictionary

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