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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hurt, n. Also: ho(i)rt, hourt(e. [ME. hurte (c 1205), app. OF. hurte, shock of collision, stroke, blow.]

1. A bodily injury, a wound. Also fig. a1400 Leg. S. v. 38.
But he Come of it hale but hurt, al fre In till althinge … Forowt ony hurt of flesche
Ib. 331.
But hourte or schath in thé
Ib. xxii. 357.
A far ȝung man … Clengeand thi hortis that ar sar
c1420 Wynt. viii. 5220.
Off ane hurt endyt Jhone the Hay
1456 Hay II. 29/31.
Rycht as a knycht had a hurt in ane of his handis
c1420 Ratis R. 1332.
Thar wyll remayne sum vem to se Efter as the hurt is les ore mare
c1475 Wall. ix. 971.
Sum feblyt fast, that had feill hurtis thar
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 11/30.
And he haue displesance … of seiknes or hurt of him self or his frende
1535 Stewart 5114.
In the toun to byde … Quhill thai war haillit of thair hurtis all
1560–1 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 346.
Becaws of his hurt he mycht not sit upon his kneis
1601 Treas. Acc. MS. 114.
Certane emplaisteris [etc.] … the tyme of the hurt of his arme

2. Injury inflicted or suffered; harm, detriment, damage. b. plur. Injuries, wrongs.(a) a1400 Leg. S. xxxiii. 251.
Les hurt is I de me ane Thane [that] ȝe als de one ane
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1057.
The hurt of ane happie the vther makis
1482 Bk. Carlaverock I. 440.
The saidis procuratouris … has bowne thaim that … it salbe na hurt na preiudice to the said Lord
?a1500 Steel Roy Robert 33.
Thairfor ane king I call nocht thé For hurt of kingis maiesté
1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 254/2.
But ony hurt, harme, vexatioun, impediment [etc.]
1535-6 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 170.
To the barromenis drinksilver for the cariage of the samen [coat of arms] ... to the abbay becaus it micht nocht for hurt be cariit with cartis
1556 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 236.
To dispens with the act of parliament quhilk wes maid in hurt of their priuilege
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxxvii. 61.
Mony noble natioun … That for to help thair harmes and hurt at hame Fechit forane forcis
1596 St. A. Baxter Bks. 61.
Considering the great hurt the craft hes sustenit throw taking in of prenteis … for ovir letill
1627 Ib. 87.
To the said Thomas great hurt & skaith and tinsull of his stuffe
(b) 1456 Hay I. 188/7.
Sen thai had done samekle hourte and schame to … oure Lord
1483 Misc. Spald. C. II. 253.
Skaith, hourt, damagis, ... to his persoune, gudis [etc.]
1570 Leslie 154.
The King, … made ane generall revocatioune of all thingis done in his mynoritie, … to his hoirt of his conscience
1626 Grant Chart. 224.
His dampnage, skaith and hourt in his persoun [etc.]
b. 1552 Conv. Burghs I. 2.
That the haill borrowis … suld convene … to consult … for reformatioun of hurttis done thairto
1556 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 235.
To obtene the discharge of the saidis hurtis done to the borrowis anent the bulȝeoun
1568 Pref. Lyndesay 10.
Quhilk in respect of thir greit hurtis, deseruis na small punischement

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