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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).

Image, Ymag(e, n. Also: imaige, imiage. [ME. image (14th c.), ymage (a 1225), F. image (13th c.), L. imāgo.]

1. An image in the usual senses, especially one representing a person.(1) c1420 Wynt. iv. 2340.
The fyrst lettyr off his state That men apon his ymage wrate
Ib. v. 5605.
Ane ymage … thare-in wes set Off Romule … and … There wes made a gret ymage Off ilke rewme that aucht homage
1513 Doug. vii. iii. 64.
Of forfaderis gret ymagis … , Of ald cedir carvyt with crafty hand
1531 Bell. Boece I. 121.
The imagis of Claudius, beside Camelon, fel down in dros
1549 Compl. 11/21.
For to paynt ane fayr ymage of the deesse Juno
1570 Leslie 159.
His imiage maid in the liknes of him wes brunt at the merkett croce
(2) c1420 Wynt. i. 1654.
All lyk hys fadyr in fygoure Ane ymage he mayd in fayr payntoure
1456 Hay I. 7/34.
Ane ymage of gold of his awne stature and efter his awin figure
a1500 Seven S. 1625.
Virgile … maid … Ane ymage with a arow & bow of bras
1513 Doug. ii. ix. 18.
Brasand the godlyke ymage in thar armys
1545 Acts & Decr. II. 12.
Certane brokin imagis of gold and buttons of gold
c 1570 Lennox Mun. 276.
Ane litill ymage of ewir bane that stuid apon ane chandlar
fig. a1568 Scott i. 118.
In sum hartis is gravit new agane Ane image callit cuvatyce of geir

b. An image of a saint or divinity as an object of veneration by Christians.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xxiv. 156.
Thare he of chance a ymag fand Of Jhesu Cryst, … But mannis handis mad
Ib. xli. 383.
The ymag of Agnes At thare richt wele payntit wes
c1420 Wynt. v. 5775.
Off haly halowyis the ymagys
1451 Acts II. 40/1.
Ane new penny … with the ymage of Sanct Andro on the tother side
1501 Acta Conc. II. 477.
Ane ymage of our lady of bayne
1535 Stewart 34804.
Ane crucifix … In quhome the image of our Saluiour Affix[i]t wes
1556 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 251.
The personis that tuke downe the images of the Trinite
1574 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 32.
Ane brod, payntit vpone the samyn the image of Our Lady
1622-6 Bisset II. 342/11.
Luik … had the imaige or pictour of Marie … in ane tabill paynted
(2) 1529 Lynd. Complaynt 422.
Prayand to grawin ymagis
c1552 Id. Mon. 2086.
Quhov … Nynus inuentit the first ydolatrie of ymagis
1562-3 Winȝet I. 5/35.
Materis of les pryce, as of ymages, the innocationis of sanctis [etc.]
a1578 Pitsc. II. 145/8.
The idollis of the kirk, that is to say the allteris and the imagies
1581 Burne Disput. 171.
The vse of imagis seruis mekil for edification … of the vnlearned people
1596 Dalr. I. 269/10.
[The Council of Nice confirmed] the vsse of images to be cleine of all superstitione

2. a. A mental picture or impression. b. An unreal visual appearance, an apparition, a figure. a1400 Leg. S. xviii. 944.
Than wald I ryne … & prynte that ymage in my thocht
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 2846.
Him thocht that that ymage bore In-to hir hand a spere
1513 Doug. i. vi. 83.
Of hir husband bygravit the ymage To hir apperis in sleip
Ib. iv. vi. 146.
My faderis gost … mannasis me … And oft his feirfull ymage doith me agast

3. Form, semblance, likeness. a1500 Henr. Fab. 1661.
Man, quhilk God maid last of all, Lyke till his ymage and his similitude
1490 Irland Mir. 26/36.
We are nocht His sonis be natur, bot be creacioune and ymage
1513 Doug. ii. iv. 70.
Sum tyme wald scho Ascanyus, … Caucht in the figur of hys faderis ymage, … in hir bosum brace
1531 Bell. Boece I. 125.
Thocht I may no wayis devoid me of wiflie image, yit I sall not want mannis hardiment
Id. Livy II. 54/31.
Thay … thinkis vnwourthy that ȝe suld haue the forme & ymage of men
1567 G. Ball. 80.
Gif ȝe lufe Christ, hait not his word, His living image

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