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Commote \Com*mote"\, v. t. [See Commove.] To commove; to disturb; to stir up. [R.]

Society being more or less commoted and made uncomfortable.


n. A secular division of land in mediaeval Wales.


A commote ( Welsh cwmwd, sometimes spelt in older documents as cymwd, plural cymydau, less frequently cymydoedd), was a secular division of land in Medieval Wales. The word derives from the prefix cym- ("together", "with") and the noun bod ("home, abode"). The English word "commote" is derived from the Middle Welsh cymwt.

Usage examples of "commote".

I was born just to the west of it, nearby the church of Llansilin, which is the centre of the commote of Cynllaith.

After the hamlet of Croesau Bach he would come to a cross roads, and turn right, and from that point he would see how the hills were cleft ahead of him, and making straight for that cleft he would come to Mallilie, beyond which the track continued westward to Llansilin, the central seat of the commote of Cynllaith.

The day after tomorrow I shall be seeing my brother, he has a judgment coming up at the commote court at Llansilin.

Every house in the neighbourhood must have given shelter overnight to friends and kin from other parts of the commote, for the normal population of this hamlet could be no more than a tenth part of those met here on this day.

I hold that Welsh law has never lost its right in any part of that land, for whatever its ownership, it is part of the commote of Cynllaith.

The tale of the morning’s events was on the wing by now, surely already being carried over the hills throughout the commote of Cynllaith, but even rumour had not flown so fast as Meurig, for nothing was seen of him all that day.

Even to de Breos's English eyes the victory the Prince had won in Kerry showed as greater by far than could be measured by the small ground of the commote for which it had been fought.

He estimated that, taken by and large, he and his record combined were an ingredient that might without conceit expect to commotate any brew of blowed-in-the-glass ungodliness, and he would have been very distressed to find that the ungodly had failed to commote as per schedule.

All the time he kept on treasuring with condign satisfaction each and every crumb of trektalk, covetous of his neighbour's word, and if ever, during a Munda conversazione commoted in the nation's interest, delicate tippits were thrown out to him touching his evil courses by some wellwishers, vainly pleading by scriptural arguments with the opprobrious papist about trying to brace up for the kidos of the thing, Scally wag, and be a men instead of a dem scrounger, dish it all, such as: Pray, what is the meaning, sousy, of that continental expression, if you ever came acrux it, we think it is a word transpiciously like canaille?