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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Ne, conj.1 [e.m.E., ME. and OE., special use of Ne adv.1 Perh. partly as an anglicized form in Sc.] Nor.(1) c1400 Troy-bk. i. 207.
Ne to do wrang ne wiolence Ne yhit to do the peple offence
Ib. 400; etc. 1415 Reg. Episc. Brechin I. 204.
It is nocht our will nor our entent to do ony preiudice to the kirk of Brechine ne to the bischop of it
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 224/5.
That thai come for na ill of him ne his childer
1513 Doug. i. i. 43.
Nor cruell harm forȝet ne out of mynd
Ib. vi. xvi. 47.
At thai ne suld do entir ne thame fynd
Ib. i. x. 48, ii. iii. 62, etc. 1550 9th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. ii. 239/5.
Nocht haffand God nor guid consience before [them] ne respect off the premises done be tham
a1585 Maitl. Q. lxxxiii. 72.
Of nane sho standis na feir Nor of reproche ne aw
(2) 1408 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 221.
Ne ȝit in tyme to cum we consent nocht to bynde na sic cause to nane enquest to be ressaivit befor the Duc ne nane of his ministeris
1424 State P. (Reg. H.) No. 14.
Our nichtbourez war nocht present ne micht nocht be assemblit
1494 Loutfut MS. 114 a.
For he had nothir said the word ne wes not put out of the feld
1513 Doug. ix. xii. 52, xi. i. 129. c1590 Fowler I. 380/29.
Ne yet no mann his fickle dame With Creseyd should vpbraid
(3) a1585 Maitl. Q. lxxxiii. 6.
For fayth ne treuth wes by thé ment
(4) 1439 Soc. Ant. Chart. (Reg. H.) No. 5.
Swa that I ne myn airis sal neuir hafe richt na clame of richt in the saide landis ne in na part of thaim
1513 Doug. vii. x. 43.
The prynce refusyt to do sa vile a deid, Ne list not anys thame twich
c1500 Harl. MS. 4700 299b.
That thai forstall this burgth … ne pais nocht the Kingis custum
1550 Coll. Aberd. & B. 181.
That we ne neyn of ws in non tyme bigane hes giffin our consent … till non otheris

b. And … not. a1400 Leg. S. xliii. 204.
Ydolis … ar … but smelling … Bot ar mad ne ma helpe thé

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