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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Contemplatioun, -acioun(e, n. Also: -atyown, -ation, -acion(e. [ME. contemplacioun, early -aciun (c 1225), OF. -acion, -aciun, L. contemplātio.] Contemplation, meditation.(a) a1400 Leg. S. iii. 946.
To luf [= live] in contemplacione
1456 Hay II. 6/33.
The knycht … left his contemplacioun. … and began to rede
c1460 Wisd. Solomon 431.
Than set I my wyt to contemplacioune of wysdome
1490 Irland Mir. I. 29/23.
Throu meditacioune and contemplacioune of hevinly thingis
c1515 Asl. MS. II. 187.
Heire ffollowis the contemplacioun of synnaris
(b) c1420 Wynt. v. 3444.
Sum on kneyis in urysown, And sum in contemplatyown
Ib. 3452. 1492 Myll Spect. 290/23.
Thar scho wald remane … in contemplatioun and praying for his saull
1531 Bell. Boece II. 102.
The ambassatouris … , come … quhare this Fiacre was at his contemplatioun
a1578 Pitsc. I. 311/21.
Mr Patrick … enterit in contemplatioun and prayer

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