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 for Chapel of ease
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ease \Ease\ ([=e]z), n. [OE. ese, eise, F. aise; akin to Pr.
     ais, aise, OIt. asio, It. agio; of uncertain origin; cf. L.
     ansa handle, occasion, opportunity. Cf. Agio, Disease.]
     1. Satisfaction; pleasure; hence, accommodation;
        entertainment. [Obs.]
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              They him besought
              Of harbor and or ease as for hire penny. --Chaucer.
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     2. Freedom from anything that pains or troubles; as:
        (a) Relief from labor or effort; rest; quiet; relaxation;
            as, ease of body.
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                  Usefulness comes by labor, wit by ease.
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                  Give yourself ease from the fatigue of watching.
        (b) Freedom from care, solicitude, or anything that annoys
            or disquiets; tranquillity; peace; comfort; security;
            as, ease of mind.
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                  Among these nations shalt thou find no ease.
                                                    xxviii. 65.
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                  Take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
                                                    --Luke xii.
        (c) Freedom from constraint, formality, difficulty,
            embarrassment, etc.; facility; liberty; naturalness;
            -- said of manner, style, etc.; as, ease of style, of
            behavior, of address.
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                  True ease in writing comes from art, not chance.
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                  Whate'er he did was done with so much ease,
                  In him alone 't was natural to please. --Dryden.
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     At ease, free from pain, trouble, or anxiety. "His soul
        shall dwell at ease." --Ps. xxv. 12.
     Chapel of ease. See under Chapel.
     Ill at ease, not at ease, disquieted; suffering; anxious.
     To stand at ease (Mil.), to stand in a comfortable attitude
        in one's place in the ranks.
     With ease, easily; without much effort.
     Syn: Rest; quiet; repose; comfortableness; tranquillity;
          facility; easiness; readiness.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chapel \Chap"el\, n. [OF. chapele, F. chapelle, fr. LL. capella,
     orig., a short cloak, hood, or cowl; later, a reliquary,
     sacred vessel, chapel; dim. of cappa, capa, cloak, cape,
     cope; also, a covering for the head. The chapel where St.
     Martin's cloak was preserved as a precious relic, itself came
     to be called capella, whence the name was applied to similar
     paces of worship, and the guardian of this cloak was called
     capellanus, or chaplain. See Cap, and cf. Chaplain.,
     1. A subordinate place of worship; as,
        (a) a small church, often a private foundation, as for a
        (b) a small building attached to a church;
        (c) a room or recess in a church, containing an altar.
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     Note: In Catholic churches, and also in cathedrals and abbey
           churches, chapels are usually annexed in the recesses
           on the sides of the aisles. --Gwilt.
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     2. A place of worship not connected with a church; as, the
        chapel of a palace, hospital, or prison.
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     3. In England, a place of worship used by dissenters from the
        Established Church; a meetinghouse.
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     4. A choir of singers, or an orchestra, attached to the court
        of a prince or nobleman.
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     5. (Print.)
        (a) A printing office, said to be so called because
            printing was first carried on in England in a chapel
            near Westminster Abbey.
        (b) An association of workmen in a printing office.
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     Chapel of ease.
        (a) A chapel or dependent church built for the ease or a
            accommodation of an increasing parish, or for
            parishioners who live at a distance from the principal
        (b) A privy. (Law)
     Chapel master, a director of music in a chapel; the
        director of a court or orchestra.
     To build a chapel (Naut.), to chapel a ship. See Chapel,
        v. t., 2.
     To hold a chapel, to have a meeting of the men employed in
        a printing office, for the purpose of considering
        questions affecting their interests.
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