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Middle English visioun, from Old French avision.


avision (plural avisions)

  1. (obsolete) A vision.
    • c. 1390, Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Nun's Priest's Tale", The Canterbury Tales:
      Macrobeus, that writ the avisioun / In Affrike of the worhty Cipioun, / Affermeth dremes, and seith that they been / Warnynge of thynges, that men after seen.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter Tercium, in Le Morte Darthur, book XV:
      And whanne this old man had sayd thus he came to one of tho knyghtes and sayd I haue lost alle that I haue sette in the / For thou hast rulyd the ageynste me as a warryour and vsed wrong werres with vayne glory [] / therfor thow shalt be confounded withoute thow yelde me my tresour / Alle this aduysyon sawe sir Launcelot at the Crosse


Old French[edit]


avision f (oblique plural avisions, nominative singular avision, nominative plural avisions)

  1. vision (religious or mystical experience of a supernatural appearance)