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Tresonabill, Tresso(u)nabill, Traisonabil, adj. Also: treson(e)able, (tresonablie), tresownabill, tresunabil, tresso(u)nable, tressonabil, -ibill, treasonabill, treasonabil, -able, treassounabill, traso(u)nable. [Treso(u)n(e n. Cf. 17th. c. Eng. treasonable (1634).] Involving or involved in treason, betrayal or disloyalty; faithless, perfidious, treacherous.(a) 1375 Barb. v 552.
The tratour … thocht … How he mycht best bring till ending His tresonabill wndretaking
c1420 Wynt. viii 3350.
1446 Raine N. Durham App. 22.
The said tresonable takyn & withhalding off our castell of Dunbar
1456 14th Rep. Hist. MSS App. iii 10.
Endytyd for … entermettyng … with Inglismen in tresonabill maner
c1475 Wall. x 96.
Tresonable folk thair mater wyrkis throu lyst
1512 Reg. Privy S. I 365/1.
His tresonable fenȝeing of the kingis subscriptioun manuale
1526 Reg. Privy S. I 520/2.
Thair tresonable intrometting with the kingis persone
1533 Boece 155.
Be infortunate chance of his flote the Romane army was deliuerit fra the tresonabill [L. infidiis] myschance of fortune
a1538 Abell 11*a.
1584 Gowrie P. 40.
[He was accused] for conceling the tresonablie conspiraci
1610 Crim. Trials III 82.
Committed and perpetrat the most cruel and tresoneable crymes
(b) c1420 Wynt. vii 26 (W).
He set him for to sla the king Throu sum tressonable ymagynyng
c1420 Wynt. viii 3350 (C).
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 1775.
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 73.
Thow crop and rute of tratouris tressonable
1531 Bell. Boece (M) II 257.
Maist tressonabill dissavare and levair of thi realme quhen maist dangere occurritt
1533 Bell. Livy I 67/2.
1548 Digest Justiciary Proc. A 75.
Sindrie tressonabill wryttingis … deserand the said laird … to be helply and gude to the Inglis capitanes
c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus i 580.
Luf is truthles … tressonable, Nocht lauchfull, but … lamentable
1557 Justiciary Ct. Rec. MS (Reg. H.) 10 April.
Thomas Andersoune … delatit of arte and parte of the tressonibill … counterfetting of our soverane ladeis cunȝie
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 31.
Thair fals and tressonabill dealing
1570 Sat. P. xviii 18.
Addres ȝow now … His tressonabill dolent deith for to reuenge
1572 Reg. Privy C. II 168.
The bludy and tressonable papistis
c1575 Balfour Pract. 600.
1594 Bk. Univ. Kirk III 828.
1626 Justiciary Cases I 43.
The tressonabill rapt and raveisching of Barbara Scrymgeor
(c) 1531 Bell. Boece II 132.
Thir treasonabil Saxonis turnit thair mindis fra amite to feid
1566 Crim. Trials I i 487.
1572 Crim. Trials I ii 33.
a1578 Pitsc. I 91/24.
a1651 Calderwood IV 475.
Then hath your fact beene unlawfull, wrong, inique, treasonable
(d) 1549 Compl. 23/7.
Oure ald enemeis, be traisonabil seditione, takkand violent possessione of … the strynthis ande castellis of the bordours
1596 Dalr. I 174/18.
Be the trasounable trane of a certane hiland pyper, he was put doune
1596 Dalr. II 402/29.

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