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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Ortographie, -ye, Ortografie, Orthographie, n. [e.m.E. and late ME. ortografye (c 1450), orthographie (1530), OF. ortografie, -graphie, mod. F. orthographie (16th c. in Littré), orthography, also calligraphy (16th c. in Huguet), L. orthographia.] Spelling as a practice or an art; the mode of spelling used by an individual; also, correct or proper spelling.(a) 1549 Corr. M. Lorraine 316.
My lord of Galloway plengȝeit apon the ortographye of thaim quhilk wes the falt of Jakis, your lordschip servant quha wret thame
1568 Knox VI. 485.
We keip his awin wordis and ortographie
1568 Lyndesay Pref. (S.T.S.) 402.
Thay haif bene imprentit in Rowen bot … corrupt and fals. … For besydis the wrang ortographie and fals spelling [etc.]
1581-1623 James VI Poems I. 99/16.
In kayce thou find … many incorrect errouris baith in the dytement & the ortographie
c 1608 Elphinstone Chart. 181.
Look naroulie to the ortogra[p]hie and mend it for nather I nor my man can speall weill
1621–2 Ayr B. Acc. 277.
Professour of the art of ortografie and fair wryting
1649 Elgin Rec. II. 434.
The master sall … heare the supreame classe recognosceing first the expositione off ther precepts either in prosodie, ortographie or rhetorick
(b) c1590 J. Stewart II. 3.
Be the inept orthographie and inlegebill scribling of my imprompt pen
c1616 Hume Orthog. 2.
The printeres … wil not paen themselfes to knau whither it be orthographie or skaiographie
Ib. 7. Ib. 20/h. of ch.
Of sum idiomes in our orthographie

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