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Abbot of Misrule

or Lord of Misrule

A person who used to superintend the Christmas diversions. In France the “Abbot of Misrule” was called L'abbé de Liesse (jollity). In Scotland the master of revels was called the “Master of Unreason.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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