(pumaunce) (s.xiii)

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(pumaunce) (s.xiii)

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[ FEW: ; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF:  pumaunce; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: ]

The word seems to be a hapax without any clear etymon. One possible interpretation is to read the three minims of ‘m’ as ‘ui’, and the word as puinance. In that case *poignance would be an otherwise unattested nominal derivative of poindre1 which has the sense ‘(fig.) to sting, prick, cause pain or anguish’. Alternatively, puinance may be a deviant spelling of penance.


1theol.compunction, remorse
( MS: s.xiii )  compu[n]ctio: pumaunce (l. puinance?)  172
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