from The Century Dictionary.
- To subdue.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb obsolete To daunt; to subdue; to mitigate.
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After this he thought adaunt and put his flesh to more penance, and by the disposition of our Lord he entered into the order of Charterhouse, where he was received, and was there so virtuous in his living, that among the strangers he was so friendly and so well beloved that after a little while he was made procurator of the house.
The Golden Legend, vol. 6 1230-1298 1900
And yet nevertheless I was oft fellow unto scorpions and wild beasts, and yet the carols of maidens and the embracements of lechery grew in my cold body and in my flesh, wherefore I wept continually, and for to adaunt and subdue my proud flesh I rose at midnight all the week long, joining oft the night with the day, and I ceased not to beat my breast, praying our Lord to render to me the peaceable peace of my flesh.
The Golden Legend, vol. 5 1230-1298 1900