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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Ameise, Amese, v. Also: ameis(se, ameys(se, ames. [OF. ameisier, amesir to calm, appease; hence also in northern ME. (c 1400). Cf. Meise v.]

1. tr. To appease, placate, or pacify (a person); to soothe. Also refl. 1375 Barb. xvi. 134 (E).
Bot othyr lordis, that war him by, Ameyssyt the king in to party
a1400 Leg. S. v. 296.
Al tha … Drew hym rudly, … Bot he amesit tham in hy
Ib. xxxviii. 252.
Ames thi-self, & faire nocht sa!
c1420 Wynt. viii. 3015.
Thai ambassatowris war chargyd … to the Court to ga, Thare the Pape for till ames
1529 Lynd. Complaynt 42.
The first men wer displesit: Bot he thame prudentlie amesit

2. To mitigate, moderate, or assuage (feeling, strife). a1400 Leg. S. xxi. 99.
Sere weman come fore hyre sak, Hyre mykil sorow til a-mese
c1420 Wynt. v. 2464.
This Aurilyane in till Frans Gret werys amesyd, and distans
Ib. vii. 1915.
Swa wes ameyssyd all debatys
1513 Doug. iii. iv. 108.
O hie goddis … Salve petuus folkis, ameys ȝour wrath and greif

3. intr. To become less heavy. a1400 Leg. S. xxix. 520.
Thane amesit sum thing his care

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