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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).

Fragill, a. Also: fragyll, -il, -ile, -ell, fregill. [e.m.E. fragyll (1513), F. fragile, L. fragilis.] Morally or physically weak or frail.(1) c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 7/16.
God almychti … knawis our fragill nature
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 447.
Adam wes cause … That we bene fragyll synnaris all
Ib. 2547.
Christis floke … Conuertit fragyll faltouris
1567 G. Ball. 13.
The warld sa fals, the fragill flesche
1566 St. A. Kirk S. 273.
Ane woman fregill and facill of natur
(2) 1531 Bell. Boece I. p. xi.
This fragill life
Ib. II. 482.
Thair empire is caduke and fragill
c1568 Lauder Minor P. ii. 3.
This warld is … Fals and fragell as the glas
a1578 Pitsc. I. 60/1.
The fragill felicietie of this warld
Ib. 144/26.
The … adwersatie of this fragell warld
(3) 1533 Boece II. vii. 70.
Sic persouns as be fragill kynde aud lak of age was febill
1591-2 Rob Stene 22.
As veschell fragill and unstable, Toist heir and thair

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