Abbot of Misrule


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abbot of Misrule in mediƦval times, the master of revels, as at Christmas; in Scotland called the Abbot of Unreason.
    • Abbot of Misrule See under Abbot, and Lord.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Abbot of misrule ancient titles for the leader of the Christmas revels
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In literature:

But ther was an Abbot of Misrule, that made much sport and did right well his office.
"Christmas: Its Origin and Associations" by William Francis Dawson
A lord of misrule, an abbot of unreason, much rather!
"The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V" by James Russell Lowell
ABBOT (or Lord) OF MISRULE, the personage who took the chief part in the Christmas revelries of the English populace before the Reformation.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various