essoin
noun Etymology: Middle English essoine, from Anglo-French, from essonier to offer an essoin, from es- ex- + *soigne legal excuse, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Saxon sunnea denial, Old English sōth truth — more at sooth Date: 14th century 1. an excuse for not appearing in an English law court at the appointed time 2. obsolete excuse, delay

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  • Essoin — Es*soin or Essoign Es*soign, n. [OF. essoine, essoigne, F. exoine, L. essonia, exonia; pref. ex (L. ex from) + sunnis, sunnia, sonia, hindrance, excuse. Cf. Icel. syn refusal, synja to deny, refuse, Goth. sunja truth, sunj[=o]n to justify, OS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Essoin — Es*soin , v. t. [OF. essoinier, essoignier, essonier, LL. essoniare, exoniare. See {Essoin}, n.] (Eng. Law) To excuse for nonappearance in court. I ll not essoin thee. Quarles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Essoin — In old English law, an essoin is an excuse for nonappearance in court. Essoining is the seeking of the same. The person sent to deliver the excuse to the court is an essoiner or essoineur.cite book|title=A New Law Dictionary and… …   Wikipedia

  • essoin — v. /asoyn/ In old English practice, to present or offer an excuse for not appearing in court on an appointed day in obedience to a summons; to cast an essoin. This was anciently done by a person whom the party sent for that purpose, called an… …   Black's law dictionary

  • essoin — v. /asoyn/ In old English practice, to present or offer an excuse for not appearing in court on an appointed day in obedience to a summons; to cast an essoin. This was anciently done by a person whom the party sent for that purpose, called an… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Essoin — An excuse given for not attending a court. Illness, absence in the king s service or being on *pilgrimage were common and acceptable reasons, since an essoin prevented a case from continuing …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • essoin — I. noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English essoine, from Middle French essoine, essoigne, from Medieval Latin essonia, essonium, exonium, from Latin ex + Late Latin sonium care, worry 1. English law a. : an excuse for not appearing in court at the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • essoin — /i soyn /, n. (in England) an excuse for nonappearance in a court of law at the prescribed time. [1300 50; ME essoine < AF, OF essoigne, essoine, n. deriv. of essoinier to put forward such an excuse, v. deriv. (with es EX ) of sogne, ult. < Old… …   Universalium

  • Essoin — A legal excuse for not being in court, such as being on pilgrimage, illness, king’s service, etc. ♦ Excuse for non attendance in court, or delay permitted a defendant. (Gies, Frances and Joseph. Life in a Medieval Village, 244) ♦ The allegation… …   Medieval glossary

  • essoin — es·soin …   English syllables

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