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[uhn-hou-zuh ld]
adjective Archaic.
  1. not having received the Eucharist.
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Origin of unhouseled

First recorded in 1525–35; un-1 + housel + -ed2
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Historical Examples

  • It was Voltaire's last triumph; four days later, unshriven and unhouseled, he expired.

    A History of French Literature

    Edward Dowden

  • The word "unhouseled" in this means that he died without receiving the sacred elements before his death.

British Dictionary definitions for unhouseled


  1. archaic not having received the Eucharist
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Word Origin

C16: from un- + obsolete housel to administer the sacrament, from Old English hūsl (n), hūslian (vb), of unknown origin
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