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Fact, n. Also: fack, fak. [e.m.E. (1539), L. factum.]

1. An act or deed. His gret besynes in the factis merciall; Myll Spect. 272/15.
Quhat verteous … fact hes he not praisit; Pref. Lyndesay 3.
The honourabill factes of martiall deidis; Pitsc. I. 43/1.
Ether visdome, force, or vordie fak; J. Stewart 84/14.

2. A wicked or criminal act. a. With adjectives expressing condemnation. He hes ane false and feindlie fact conspyrit; Clar. ii. 1808.
Thair gutts mot be among ȝour cluikis, That did this bludy fact; 1570 Sat. P. xv. 54.
Rycht soir lament I ȝour enormall fack; J. Stewart 218 § 74.
I sall hir ane exampill mak, … For to commit sa foull ane fack; Philotus lxxxiii.
In effecting of his foullest facts A bloodie end this … monarch macks; Garden Kings 15.
The thiftous fackes of cornes and kell committit; 1661 Lanark B. Rec. 187.

b. Without qualification. The Erle Bothwell … denyed the cryme, and said … that he was clein of that fact; Pitsc. II. 196/17.
The tratouris … maid all the slachter … to purdge thame selffis fra the former fack; Chron. Kings 100.
Iff ever he salbe fund guiltie of any of the factis contenit in the prior act; 1654 Lanark B. Rec. 155.
His facts and misdemaneris; 1665 Ib. 192.

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"Fact n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Feb 2019 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/fact>



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