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(Publicly,) Publictly, adv. Also: publi(c)k-, publyk(e)-, publike-, publique-, publikt- and -lé, -lie, -lye. [e.m.E. publikely (1567), publiquely (1638).]

1. In presence of the community or its representatives; in open assembly or audience. (a) The publict ceremonie of recanting … was to beare a faggot of drie sticks and burne it publictlie; 1534 Crim. Trials I 1 211.
That the word be treulie preched … , common prayeris publictlie maid; Bk. Disc. 237.
This oure confessioun was publictlie red … in audience of the … haill parliament; Knox II 121.
Publiktle; 1566–7 Canongate Kirk S. (ed.) 60.
Publictlie at the mercat croce … he declared how crewellie he was entreated; Bann. Trans. 66.
Pitsc. II 145 (I).
The confession of our fayth stablished and publictly confirmed by sindrie actis of perlamentis; 1580 Facs. Nat. MSS III lxx.
As the bayrnis learnis ane oratioun of Cicero, he sall caus thame … severally declame th samyn publictlie in the schole; 1598 Edinb. B. Rec. V 225.
The elderis … wer solempnlie and publictlie electit; 1601 Elgin Rec. II 96.
The minister publictlie to recommend to the parochin the pitifull estait of Edvard Mitchellis vyf; 1609 Dundonald Par. Rec. 188.
The minister and session … does appoint intimation publictly to be made upon sabbath nixt, that whatsoever person [etc.]; 1658 Cramond Kirk S. 6 July.
His burges tickett to be publictlie lacerat and riven be tuik of drum; 1668 Irvine Mun. II 226.
And to crave Marioun Glendoning publictlie pardoun; 1670 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. MS 16 July.
(b) That tyll ane dede stock dois sic reuerence, In presens of the peple, publykelie; Lynd. Mon. 2527.
To the end, that Goddis Evangell may be publiklie within this realme preached; Knox II 163.
Publickly married, or hand fast be the reader; 1575 Bk. Univ. Kirk I 344.
This seal man be publiklie ministred, according to Christ's institution; R. Bruce Serm. 72.
Quhen the witches said he suld be crount publiklie; Dalr. II 46/8.
John Rob resaeved from repentance publiclie; 1636 Boharm Kirk S. 1 May.
The said day the league was publicklie subscryvit bi all the pariochinirs; 1643 Robertson Cullen Ch. Ann. 18.
[They] maid their repentance publiklie befor the congregatione; 1647 Sc. N. & Q. 1 Ser. XII 61.

b. Out loud, audibly. Men began to exercise themselfis in reading of the Scriptures secretlie within their awin houses, and thereunto war added secret prayers publictlie made within the houses; a 1569 in Dunlop Confess. (1722) II 637.

2. Openly, in the presence of people, not clandestinely or privately. Who raised up thair messe more publictlye then they had done … before; Knox II 393.
The portars publictlie reprovit him; 1584 Sempill Sat. P. xlv 721.
Passing publikle throw the Sangȝe mercat with hir bair hair coverit only with ane kell as ane madin; 1589 St. A. Kirk S. 638.
This maitter being sa publictlie brokkin forth; 1590 Douglas Corr. 34.
Publictlie; James VI Basil. Doron 165/8, 166/3.
Publykly; Melville Mem. 87.
The bell and the swasche sall declair the samen publictly; 1614 Elgin Rec. II 139.
The samen being lawfullie poundit privatlie or publictlie be nycht or day; 1617 Orkney & Shetl. Ct. Bk. in
Misc. Maitl. C. II 192.
Thair aduersars' opinions They publicklie impugne; Garden Elphinstoun 1626.
The persons foresaids … haunts and repaires publictlie in all parts of the countrie at thair pleasure; 1635 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. VI 1.
Publiquely; 1646 Rep. Maxwell Stuart Mun. 5.
That in his [sc. the narrator's] own audience publictly at table in Pollock Levetennent Colonell Wallace did say [etc.]; 1650 Argyll Synod I 177.
All who refuises sall be kairted publictlie throw the toune; 1663 Glasgow B. Rec. III 15.

3. For the information of the community, by way of official promulgation. Thir conditiouns publikelie writtne in parchement; Dalr. I 264/7.

4. Throughout the community. Against the form quhilk hir majestie fand publictlie and universallie standing at hir majesties arryvell; 1561 Knox II 273.
Any whome persones guiltie of that crime accused … were at the least publickly knowen to be of a very euil life & reputation; James VI Dæmonol. (S.T.S.) 56/2.
And that publictlie it sould nocht give ane example to utheris; 1615 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 368.

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