A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Warld, Wardil(l, n. Also: warlde, uarld(e, varld, waurld, wairld, world, worled, woorld, warald, -ild, wairild, woreld, voreld, warldyll, -ill, warldl-, worldlie, wardyll, vardil, wardel, vardel, wardle, vardle, warddyll, wardll, wardl-, wordil(l, -yll, vordil, uoordill, wordle, wardlit, warddilit, ward(e, vard. [ME and e.m.E. worulde (c1175), werelld, werrld, weorellde (all Orm), woreld, worlde (both Layamon), world (Ancr. R.), wordle, werd (both c1250), warld (Cursor M.), worldle (a1400), worde (c1420), warlede (1479), OE weorold, worold, world, MLG werlt, warlt, MDu. werelt, veröld.] There is considerable overlap between the senses, esp. senses 1 and 2.
1. Human life or society upon earth, the people in the world collectively, freq. with reference to their views or judgments. Also with reference to all life on earth. Also fig. and attrib.
(a) A preste thare ves … That fled the warld as heremyt; Leg. S. xvi 811.
Me think that thai suld … Desyre the gud ere than the ill, For to the warld it war les schame And les disclander to thare name; Troy-bk. ii 2041.
Thi deidis are knawin, thocht that the warld had suorn; Wall. ii 4.
Wallace … warld was displesans Tharfor I ces, and puttis it nocht in rym; Wall. xi 1230.
In the hurd quhill it lyis It servis nowdir the warld nor multeplyis; Colk. Sow ii 244.
Leif creuelte, and saif ȝour man for schame, Or throucht the warld quyte losit is ȝour name; Dunb. (OUP) 39/14.
The warld … begouth to speik of it compairing Boithuillis intertenyment with that quhilk the king … ressauit at hir handis; 1568 Hosack Mary Q. of Scots I 530.
I dar not pen the speciallis, … Bot, weill I wait, howeuer the warld now gais Thai find maist freindship, was fardest than again ȝow; 1581 Sempill in Sat. P. xliii 167.
Sche … willit him to keip secreit quhatsoeuir sche spak or did and that becaus the warld wes evill, and spake na gude of sic medicinars; 1597 Misc. Spald. C. I 105.
Fornication is thocht but a ueniall sinne be the maist pairt of the uarlde; James VI Basil. Doron 122/11.
Scho being sa murthouret be him he tuik hir up thaireftir af the fluir and laid her up upone ane bed that the warld sould nocht suspect ony sic crewaltie … bot that scho had deceissit of ane suddane swarff; 1627 Justiciary Cases I 73.
(b) Think ȝe not schame, Sen as the world sayis that ilk In hurt and sclander of ȝour name? Dunb. (OUP) 201/27.
The last little treatise … that lately come into the world; Buch. Wr. 56.
Lat the world judge, specialie sic as ar naturally acquentit with his naturalitie; 1571 Bann. Memor. 167.
We are obleist to confess that point before the world; Henderson Serm. 192.
Declining from that neoterick faith … as he waxed in experience of the world; Urquhart Wks. (1834) 218.
The session accept ¥10 Sc. from George Forbes … for his bond of 25 marks as he is very low in the world; 1702 Cramond Ch. Aberdour 47.
(c) How lang I haiff ane penny in the wardll lous or fast; 1525 Goudie Shetl. Antiq. 141.
Scho nocht being abill for the wardill, nor to win hir leving thairintill; 1565 Reg. Privy S. V i 651/1.
Thoicht I did all the wardill distroy … Yet saifitt I my serwand Noy; Cullen Chron. Aberd. 60.
We haiff chosin rather … to committ our selffis to your lordschipis … courtoisie … nor to the sklander off the wardill miserabill and bestle; 1602 Misc. Spald. C. II 290.
(d) [I have been as true in my doings as any man in the] wordle [to this realm]; 1559 Cal. Sc. P. I 278.
Heir lyes inclos'd Sanctandrois richest treassour, A pearle but meassour hath the wordill [pr. word ill] loossed; Mure Early Misc. P. xiii 3.
Some 400 yeirs is past over since the … nature of it was knowne to the wordle; 1648 Sc. Hist. Rev. XIII 383.
I … intends to acquaint the wordle with 3 particulars qherin I was actor during my being ane member of state; 1660 Sc. Hist. Rev. XI 168.
(e) Ane vther mycht haif rewlit in his maiesties place and the ward mycht haif gane to the dewill; 1591 Crim. Trials I ii 245.
fig. This blynd warld ever so payis his dett, Riche befoir pure spraidis ay thair nett, To fische all watiris dois belang thame; Dunb. (OUP) 122/16.
How lamentable is the estate of this blind wordle, which neither has, nor is careful to have, that sight and sense of sin which God hath endued her [sc. Lady Wariston] with; 1600 Conversion Lady Waristoun xvii.
attrib. Sall I now forgoe my warld blise That so we sould depairt, aleace, my knicht; Clar. i 922.
b. As contrasted, explicitly or implicitly, with heaven, chiefly this warld, this life, life on earth. Also attrib.
(1) Ane angel come … & Criste Hyme-self come … In the sammyne habyte that He In this warld wonte wes to be; Leg. S. xiii 160.
The byschape Dawy off Bernhame Past off this warld till his lang hame; Wynt. vii 3240.
Quhen this wrachit warld is past Grant me the ioy that euer sall lest; Fifteen Ois 155.
For and all thingis that ar done in this warld war jugit here, the jugement of God in the tothir warld … suld have nocht ado; Hay I 74/14.
All lawbore that man makis, to conquest riches and landis in this warld; Wisd. Sol. (STS) 5.
In this warld thair is na thing lestand; Henr. Fab. 1940.
Nixt efter joy aye cumis sorrow; Sa is this warld, and ay hes bein; Dunb. (OUP) 174/20.
Grant to me … space to do pennence in this warlde; Arundel MS 284/173.
This warld must neidis decay; Montg. Suppl. xxxiv 136.
I man anes depart and flit out of this present warld; 1605 Edinb. Test. XL 14b.
(b) Experians of lauburis and cumiris of this wairild; ?1549 Corr. M. Lorraine 301.
(c) I wyll nodir cowint land nor ger in this warldyll [infra warddyll] witht hym na ȝow; c1535 Lennox Mun. 348.
Forȝeit this warldillis wraichitnes; ? Maitland in Maitl. F. 441/7.
(d) The name of God mot blissit be That thus into this wardlit had wourschipit me; Hay Alex. 4635.
This wrechit wardill; Contempl. Sinn. 234 (Harl.).
The rich men of this vardel curis this litel bot the time sal cum quhen thay sal giff scherp count thairfor; Gau 17/8.
He is depairtit of this wardill; Lamb Resonyng 169/21.
Quhasoeuer … hawing the substance and riches of this wardle … his fader or moder … fallin in powertie [etc.]; 1562 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 7.
Thai trublit the towne in chasing of vtheris wyth quhynȝearis … and rasit the towne in feayr be resson of this trublous wardill and the feyr that this towne standis in instantle; 1568–9 Inverness Rec. I 175.
I will mak ane end, exhortand thé to … considder this mater as maist vychtie and important that can be in this wardle; 1580 Hay in Cath. Tr. 70/8.
The greatest croce that euer come to me in this wardill; c1615 Maxwell Mem. I 324.
That he may haue Gods glorie before his eis and louck moir to that nor to al that this wordil can giue him; 1644 11th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. vi 56.
The richest jewell belonging to us in this wordill, our deireste dochter; 1648 Colquhoun Chart. 258.
(2) Thai [sc. Gog and Magog] Sall get out befor Domysdaye And mekyll way in warld sall wyrk Agayne the lawe of haly kyrke; Wynt. i 615.
King of kingis help me ay For to withstande the feind my fa, The wraichit warlde, my flesche alssua; Fifteen Ois 290.
In this warld ȝe wait thair is no pane … Bot at the last it will cum to ane end; Stewart 308.
Erd is no place of our felicitie Welth in this warld is not our finall end … In warld the prince of darknes hes impyire; Arbuthnot in Maitl. Q. 130/120.
My warldlie frindes who thinks I wald never be sa daft as to tak on soumes sa grait [etc.] … Bot it is nocht the warlde, but my God, whome I seik to please; Melvill 10.
Its like I shal be but little believed by the benighted world; 1671 Short Testimony Concerning Catherine Allardes.
(b) Preserue ws … fra the aduersite of the waurld, that conducis nocht nore helpis nocht to oure saluacioune; Irland Mir. I 55/15.
(c) The wardlis wracheit variasoun; Lynd. Dreme 131.
The sone of God … come in the vardil and suffert deid apone cors for our sinnis; Gau 43/9.
The Dewil throw quhais inwi deid com in the wardil; Gau 43/32.
Giff vs grace … that the flesclie faders heritage draw ws notht fra our richt airschip and mak ws the barnis and airis of the vardil bot … giff vs that we may veralie be thy heuinlie barnis and airis; Gau 87/1.
(d) The Lord sall anis lat the woorld undirstand He had His gret werk in it; 1584 Cal. Sc. P. VII 220.
attrib. Pride, & self love, & idol-love, & world-love; 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1671) 205 (4 Jan.).
c. The temporal way of life, chiefly in contradistinction to the spiritual.
Gif a king lyfis efter the lustis of the warlde and appetite of his flesch, he is nocht worthy to bere name of kyng; Hay I 296/10.
He left the warld and enterit in religioun; Asl. MS I 256/20.
He come fra the warld to religioun; Abell 90b.
His gude spirit sum he inflamet, quha sulde gyue ouer the warlde … and sulde follow a certane … maner of leiueng market with the futestepis of Christe and His apostles; Dalr. I 107/1.
(b) Leiff thow ony of the commandis and guid warkis quhilk God hes commandit thé to dw, and dw al the oder varkis qvhilk ar techit in al the buikis of the wardel … thay auail thé na thing be for God bot thay bring thé erer to condamnatione; Gau 25/15.
d. Chiefly possess.: Of man's existence, temporal, worldly. Chiefly, (the) warldis gud(is), worldly goods, property, possessions, see also warldis wrak (Wra(i)k n. 7 a (1)); the (this) warldis end, the end of the world, judgment day. Also proverb. and fig.
(1) The warldis thingis sua thaim trawaillyt That thai on twa halfys war assailyt; Barb. iv 149.
Vith warldis fud was scho nocht fede In al the tyme that scho thare led; Leg. S. xvi 797.
To Hyme I thé betak, As my lufyt warldis mak; Leg. S. xxiv 146.
Of thre moneth the space Al warldis wit … He leryt al; Leg. S. xxvii 358.
Ȝe, that warldis glore has now; Leg. S. xliii 361.
Met I had nan Throu warldis man bot Criste allan, That throu his angelis gert me fed; Leg. S. l 776.
Thai set alhaill thar delygens Fra warldis wysdom and prudens, And settis thar besynes al-way For hevynly joy; Thewis Wysmen 262.
Monkis … Abstractit from this warldis [Bann. warldlis] wretchitnes; Henr. Fab. 1115.
Be cheritable and hummle of estait, For warldis [STS warldly] honour lestis bot ane cry; Dunb. (OUP) 186/20.
Quhen thow art ded … Thow art than brocht to thi lang hayme, Adew al warldis dignite; Makc. MS v 36.
The riche badkins, the coistlie veluot wobbis … With all vther warldis vane fantasise, That mannis braine … culd deuise; Rolland Seven S. 605.
Worlds-waisters; 1655 Fugitive Poetry II xxviii 2/50.
proverb. Hap and a half-pennie, is warlds geir enough; Ferg. Prov. No. 374.
(b) Natur … has thé maid this verray wairldis chois; Dunb. (OUP) 104/19.
(2) Quhy has thu … for this warldis gud, To felone ded of innocent Conspyrit, & gyfine thi consent; Leg. S. xxvi 438.
Sic transytorie warldis gudis; Cr. Deyng (STS) 170.
Men may wele consider that the warldis gudis haldis the saule lang in the body; Hay II 84/13.
Syk covatis settis a mannis mynde for decepciounis and fals cavillaciounis to wyn warldis gudis; Hay II 88/23.
Sum men sesis neuir to labour nycht nor day to wyne the warldis gud; Wisd. Sol. (STS) 223.
A barell bung ay at my bosum Of warldis gud [M. warldis welth]; Dunb. (OUP) 116/34.
fig. It is nothing to Him to fill the like of me; one of His looks would do me meikle world's good, and Him no ill; 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1894) 309.
(3) Thay sall discend with reik and fyre And preiche in erth the Antechrystis impyre; Be than it salbe neir this warldis end; Dunb. (OUP) 160/38.
Christ … spak of the letter dayes and of the end of the warld; Nisbet I 11.
Be thir prophiceis, apperis Frome Christ … Two thousand [sc. years] tyll the warldlis end; Lynd. Mon. 5299.
To instructe & reule the haill kirke militant till the ende of the uarlde; James VI Basil. Doron 32/5.
(b) One to the end of the vardle the Lord is aboue; Q. Kennedy Breif Tract. (ed.) 124/23.
Thay knaw all to the wardillis end Gif ȝe will trow all that thai tell In ewerie thing thai do excell; Maitl. F. 440/112.
That wicked deid wilbe spokin of to the wardlis ende; 1579 Acts III 176/2.
e. To have the warld, to have everything in existence that is worth having.
Had he the warld and be wrachit off hart He is no lord as to the worthines; Wall. vii 400.
2. The world, as created by God as an ordered system, the material universe, the earth and all created things.
Sene God fyrste had this varld wrocht; Leg. S. vi 343.
Laydy of the warld we hir [sc. Mary] cal; Leg. S. xviii 779.
The man was maid the sext day, for the complement of the waurld and all creaturis; Irland Mir. I 129/1.
The auld innemy of hell be his fals lesynnis … dissavis the pepil of the waurld; Irland Mir. II 59/22.
Thay scurgit Him bayth fut and hand; At everie straik ran furth ane strand Quhilk mycht have ransonit warldis thre; Dunb. (OUP) 8/38.
The fyrst monarche of the varld vas translatit fra the Assiriens to them of Perse ande fra Perse to the Greikis [etc.]; Compl. 21/28.
Sa God hais luffit the warld, that He hais gevin His awin sone, that quhasaevir beleiffis in Him can nocht perisch; Hamilton Cat. 44.
Sen the warldlis first creatioun, Mankynd hes tholit this misary mortall; Lynd. Mon. 6286.
Direct me to thi honour & loving of the saluiour of all the warld; Arundel MS 243/166.
He sall with vs rest, And we with him, sa lang as warld may lest; 1570 Sat. P. x 36.
In gud fayt it is the thing in erd I desyre maist to se ȝour lordship in gud helt … albeid I may not mak the wordyll as I wald; 1578 Events Q. Mary & Jas. VI 42.
That God may do na thing by the established order of the varld; Burne Disput. 144b.
King Metellanus … quha began to regnne in the ȝeir of the warld thrie thowsand nyne hundreth thrie scoir and sex ȝeiris; Bisset I 4/2.
3. The physical world, (a region or area of) land and (or) sea ; the physical globe, the earth. Also proverb.
Quhen … Wyntir … Throw-out the warld in syndry placis … had the treis all dispulȝeit Of thare faire flouris [etc.]; Troy-bk. ii 1649.
Thus had the lordis of Rome at anis nere all the maist part of the warld; Hay I 56/23.
Thai [sc. garnets, etc.] … ar all rond & of a metall quhilk representis the warld be thare roundnes; Loutfut MS 38b.
Heir followis the diuisioun of all the warld callit the cart schortly drawyn in Ynglis; Asl. MS I 153/2.
The eirth trypartit wes in thre In Affrik, Europe and Assie, Efter the myndis of the cosmographouris … the wardlis discriptouris; Lynd. Dreme 665.
Interrogat, gif sche had sene him gangand vp and doun the warld? Declarit, that anis sche saw him gangand in the kirkyard of Dalrye; 1576 Crim. Trials I ii 56.
Tuecheng vthiris fishes, I can nocht tell, gif in ony place of the warlde, athir be mair varietie or mair abundance, of sum kyndes; Dalr. I 41/22.
Sicc is the contineuall uolubilitie of things earthlie according to the roundnes of the uarlde & uolubilitie of the heauinlie circles; James VI Basil. Doron 150/6.
(b) Thai sam thre partis of the warald ar continewall in land without separatioun of the sey; Lamb Resonyng 65/10.
(c) The sone and mone and sevin sterris reuoluit in the sky, That mokis the wordle tourne top over taill; 1571 Sat. P. xxix 8.
To stoir the wordle lay on the las, sen it dois plainly say: Crescite, my douis, et multiplicaminay! 1571 Sat. P. xxix 39.
To travell athort the wardle for a ȝeir or twa; 1589 Reg. Morton I 164.
proverb. It is a hard warld, quhen we can not get our finger in the earth; Carmichael Prov. No. 933.
b. The warldis end, the most distant point of the earth, the farthest possible distance. Used hyperbolically.
O ȝe wyndis … Do warp my body on the schaldis onkend, Far furth on Syrtys at the warldis end, Quhar Rutilyanys me nevir fynd agane; Doug. x xi 180.
His gredynes sa weill was kend It walkit to the warldis end; Rolland Seven S. 5449.
To get ȝow help we sall not spair to spend, Thocht we suld seik vnto the warldis end … Throw all the warld ȝour help it salbe socht; Rolland Seven S. 9903.
c. The gret warld, the Roman empire.
He went with ane oste gret and stowte Till Rome, and maid it wndyr lowte, And syne he had the monarchy Off all the gret warld halily; Wynt. v 3046.
4. Variously const. in the above senses: a. All the (this) warld, the haill warld, the whole earth; all the inhabited world; everybody in existence; all the people in a particular community or group. For all the warld, taking everything into consideration, in every way. In the wordil, in the world, on earth, at all; as an intensifier to a question. The rest of the wardill, the rest of the inhabited world.
(1) Alexander … That conqueryt Babilonys tour And all this warld off lenth and breid; Barb. i 531.
Nocht anerly Goddis knychtis fra thé draw I, Bot of all the warld hale I draw; Leg. S. ii 143.
And in thai tymes was borne Alexander the conquerour, that mekle was redoutit in all the warld; Hay I 46/20.
Mony ane takin and signe that day was sene, That neuir in manis lyf befoir haid bene, Oure all the warld als weill as in that cuntre; Hay Alex. 161.
Quhan thai war semblit in thare parliament … Thai sett vpone his hede ane diademe And all the warde on brede gaif him; Hay Alex. 17547.
Sen all the world changis somony facis I trest I will cast caisis vpoun caisis; Colk. Sow Prol. 53.
Within a crage now closit is etern Off all the warld the generall saluitour; Kennedy Pass. Christ 1381.
Thow Lazarus, thow laithly lene tramort, To all the warld thow may example be; Dunb. Flyt. 162.
How thir thre did all the warld circumuene With thair sle craft, and quent cunning perqueir; Rolland Ct. Venus ii 596.
Rolland Seven S. 9905 (see 3 b above).
The satisfactioun and redemptioun conquest till ws be Jesus Christ, as the full ransoun to the Father for the sinnis of all the warld [MS wardle]; Winȝet I 105/5.
Go ȝour way into all the warld, and preiche the euangell; G. Ball. 4.
Bot wyte the wickit pastouris wald nocht mend Thair vitious leving all the warld prescryvis; Scott i 58.
Contrair the exspectatioun of all the uarld; Fowler II 103/3.
(b) Jesus Christ haid commandit his apostlis to gang throw al the vardil; Gau 27/5.
I spaik with my brother, the Erll off Huntlye quha … will nocht faill to keip ane gud part to yowr grace by all the wardyll; 1544 Corr. M. Lorraine 104.
Sic nobillis … quhais manheid and the gloir of Inglands mertiall deidis spreid befor all the wardill; Pitsc. I 130/22.
Quhilkis things ar ewident takins … seyn and knawin to all the wardle; 1596–7 Misc. Spald. C. I 100.
(b) Uoordill; 1638 Hamilton P. (Camden Soc.) 12.
(2) Ȝit was he … a stout man of armes, and conquest grete contreis to the impire of Rome, and almaist all hale the warld put under thair subjectioun; Hay I 169/26.
He has … maid a man king of angellis, lord of the haill waurld and alkynd of creaturis; Irland Mir. I 89/38.
Ȝe haif obleist ȝour selffis befoir the haill warld to continew in thatilk vertew of justice; Buch. Wr. 22.
The expiation and expurgation of the synnis of the haill varld; Hamilton Cath. Tr. 88.
The sacrifice … is nou offerit thruch the hail vard; Burne Disput. 42.
The departing of the apostolis in the haill warld to preich the Christiane faith; Bisset I 9/9.
By the hail waurld it will be thought Thou hest been better fed nor taught; G. Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 26.
(3) The … verray ymage of my Astianax ȝyng! Syk eyn had he, and syk fair handis tway For all the warld, syk mowth and face, perfay; Doug. iii vii 40.
(4) I kno not in the wordil what to do; 1661 Maxwell Mem. II 305.
(5) The pwre witt and mynd God hes gyfin me sall be vigilent to that thyng that I can estyme to be fordest to yowr grace plesour and will by the rest of the wardill; 1549 Corr. M. Lorraine 314.
b. With broad, wide, the whole world.
In this warld that is sa wyde Is nane determynat that sall Knaw thingis that ar to fall Bot God; Barb. i 128.
Yone is the warliest wane … That euer I vist in my walk, in all this warld wyde; Gol. & Gaw. 494.
Far eithar is to ony man to win This warld wyde; Stewart 5244.
Magnus … orbis, the broad world; Buch. Comm. on Virgil Georgics ii 338.
The Kirk of Scotland would a seen als well as any Christiane Kirk in the wyde warld; J. Row Cupp of Bon-Accord 1.
c. In comparisons in which one comparator is described as or contrasted with all, any, the gretest, na (person, thing, etc.) in (of) the warld, also, once, where the comparison is implied. Chiefly hyperbolic.
(1) He … suld think fredome mar to prys Than all the gold in warld that is; Barb. i 240.
Of thir thre Christin men I can tell heir That neuer na better in warld weir; Alex. ii 9980.
That day in warld knawin was nocht his maik; Wall. x 333.
The caus of this message was the gretest matere in the waurld, for it was the saluacioune of all mankind; Irland Mir. I 127/13.
Ȝond Scottis … The laikast leid in all the warld I ken; Stewart 1081.
As thocht thaj var the bludiest boucheouris that euer vas in the varld; Hamilton Cath. Tr. in Cath. Tr. (STS) 79/19.
Will no body in the woreld tak a pairt of our woreld to help us to ane mends of them who is taking our world from us; 1665 S. Ronaldshay 49.
(b) The persons mast deir and tendir to him in all the wardill; 1567 Reg. Morton I 19.
The quene of England being princes in the wardle nearest to ws bayth be blude and habitatioun; 1579 Acts III 160/2.
I sould rather trail ane pik in the fardest pairt in the vordil, than [etc.]; ?1608 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI 126.
I had rather be fred of det then have any man's land in the wordle; 1631 Maxwell Mem. II 215.
I loue them moir nor I dou al the frout tris in the wordil; c1637 Innes Sketches 520.
Ther is no chyld in the wordill I am mor be holdin to; 1662 Stirlings of Keir 498.
Ther is no uey in the wordle that I sall leave untryed … until your Lordship be pyed; 1667 Red Bk. Menteith II 169.
(c) Hir gude sister and nerrest cousignes of blwde in the worldlie; 1568 Anderson Collect. Mary IV 161.
(2) My swet hart deire … Of all this warld I luf ȝow best; Seven S. 232.
I can parsaif na uther thyng bot the dispositioun of ȝour lordship's benefice to be gevin to M. David Cuningham … bot send bettir or ellis to tak to hym of this warddilit, for I persaif na ramaid; 1569 Events Q. Mary & Jas. VI 37.
(3) Ane warldis schame mot tak all preistis for me; Rolland Seven S. 4700.
d. Come into the worled, born.
My twenty sevent child … my little Charles new come into the worled; 1660 Laing MSS 313.
5. An age or period of time in the history of mankind; the present age or time. Also pl.
(a) Till Ector dar I nane comper Off all that euer in warldys wer; Barb. i 404.
In the tyme that the poetis and oratouris callis aurea secula the plesand and goldin waurldis than the pepil chesit thar kingis men of gret wertu; Irland Mir. III 148/28.
xx lib to the Patrik Master of Ruthuen beand prouest for his fee in trublous tyme and warld; 1546–7 Perth Guildry 240.
Gone is the goldin warld of Asserianis … Gone is the syluer warld of Persianis The copper warld of Grekis now is thrall The warld of irne … the Romanis … Ar gone … Now is the warld of irne myxit with clay … The gret impyris ar meltit clene away; Lynd. Mon. 4224, etc.
Helth and vertew, and euerlasting gloir, Into all warldis, baith now and euer moir; Rolland Seven S. 10780.
He that all warldis was beforne, Come downe of Marie to be borne; G. Ball. 44.
(b) In this evil wardle and brokin tym; ?1544 Misc. Spald. C. IV 212.
It is a bruckill wardill and mony perrellis occurrand; 1548 Prot. Bk. Sir Wm. Corbet 7.
Scho said it was ane new wardill that I durst be so bald to speik to hyr of sic efferis; 1565 Inverness Rec. I 129.
b. Translating Latin in sæcula, in sæculum sæculi, as in to warldis (of warldis), in to warlde of warlde, for eternity, for ever. c. The warlde of warldis, eternity, eternal life. d. The varld to cum, = prec.
b. As he has spokin to oure fadris, to Abraham, and to his seed in to warldis; Nisbet Luke i 55.
Bot to the sonn he sais, God, thi throne is in to warld of warlde [L. in sæculum sæculi]; Nisbet Heb. i 8.
To him be glorie into warldis of warldis; Nisbet Rom. xi 36.
c. Tharfore, faire sone … do justice in this warlde here, and thou sall fynd it before thé thare in the warlde of warldis; Hay II 146/30.
d. The horribill tormentis preparit for thame in the varld to cum; Hamilton Cath. Tr. in Cath. Tr. (STS) 73.
(b) Cristians … Behald, as in ane glas, Quhow far the wardle quhilk is to cum, This presentt wardle doithe pas; Cullen Chron. Aberd. 70.
(c) That He may rejose in ws and we in Him … in this and in all the warild to come; ?1592 Warrender P. (SHS) II 173.
(d) Visching you al joy … both in this lyf and in the voreld to com; 1613 Haddington Corr. 123.
6. An entity, a planet or system of stars and planets in the universe. Also fig.
Mychty God, makare of al Warldis, that gayne are or cum sal, With hart & mouth I ȝeld lowyng To Thé; Leg. S. xxviii 639.
Behynd the circulat warld of Jupiter; Doug. xii Prol. 10.
The before ordinance of warldis, quhilk He made in Crist Jesu our Lord; Nisbet Ephes. iii 11.
The astrologien Metrodore affermit that ther is mony & infinit varldis; Compl. 33/1.
fig. Wreitts, volums, works, & wordless full of verss, Deputed to your praises speciall; Garden Worthies 60.
b. The grete world, the universe, the macrocosm. c. The lytill warld, the world of man, the microcosm.
Rycht as the saule … steris, … and governis all the mannis body, sa dois the grete God in hevin steris … and governis all the hevynis. And tharfore is the man callit the lytill warld, for he has all the proprieteis that the grete world has; Hay II 159/2, 3.
d. The kingdom of God.
That wardill quhilkis wantis end, Quhar dwellis a God, quhois hand from harme His choissin doitht defend; Cullen Chron. Aberd. 68.
7. With indef. art. A large number or quantity of something.
Standing there I sawe A warld of folk; Kingis Q. § 82.
Suete Womanhede I saw cum in presence; Of artilye a warld sche did in bring; Dunb. G. Targe 161.
I beheld a world of old bookes; Lithgow Trav. i 16.
Ther is such a world of our countriemen here; 1685 Red Bk. Grandtully II 274.
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