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mense

[mens]British Dialect
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noun
  1. propriety; discretion.
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verb (used with object), mensed, mens·ing.
  1. to adorn; bring honor to; grace.
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Origin of mense

1490–1500; variant (north) of mensk, Middle English menske courtesy, honor < Old Norse menska humanity, cognate with Old English menniscu literally, the human state; akin to mensch. See man1, -ish1
Related formsmense·ful, adjectivemense·less, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • In Mense's Handbuch der Tropenkrankheiten, i, p. 263-283, pls.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • They's not nice gemmans at all to s'pect little folkses like us to carry such a drefful 'mense, 'normous, big box same as this.

    Mary's Rainbow

    Mary Edward Feehan

  • (from whose work I take the extract), the following passage occurs, under the head "Mense Januario."

  • In October, 1181, three Consuls preside "super facto iustitiae, nominatim in mense octobris."

  • Mense′ful, decorous: respectable; Mense′less, graceless, uncivil.