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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).

(Poli-,) Polypragmatick(e, adj. [e.m.E. poly-pragmatique noun = busybody (1636), polypragmaticall adj. (1597), from the Gk., busy about many things, over-busy.] Over-busy about affairs not one's own, meddlesome, officious. — 1616 James VI Speech in Starre-Chamb. 48 (20 June) in Works (1616) 566.
For those polypragmaticke papists I would you would studie out some seuere punishment for them
1638 Satire against the Prelats in Fugitive Poetry II xiii 3/67.
Lyk to polypragmatick Matchiavell
a1651 Calderwood VII 217.
But he hated the apostate and polypragmatick papists

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