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Vanis, Wanis, v. Also: vanys(e, vanes, wanys, wanes, vaneis, vanis(c)h(e, wanische, wenisch. [ME and e.m.E. vanyssche (c1340), wanyse (c1440), vanish (1535), OF evaniss- Evanisch v.] intr.

1. To disappear from view. a. In mysterious or supernatural circumstances or in a dream. Chiefly const. away, fra. b. Of a geographical feature in the circumstances of a journey. (1) Paule apperit to Nero … And sad … Be-hald and se I am nocht dede Bot lestand lyf in hewine I led. And waful wrech I sa thé now That lestand ded de sall thu … And thar-with wanyste he away; Leg. S. ii 313.
Hewinely men of marmour fyn A tabil mad & lad it syne By the cors & away son Thai vanist but ony hone, Of thar sicht wanest away, & neuire ware sene to this day; Leg. S. xlii 279, 280.
To cum about him [sc. Romulus] sik a cloud that na man … mycht se him, nor na bit of his body, bot vanyst fra thair sicht away; Hay I 42/31.
Ane fieind he wes … He vaneist away with stynk and fyrie smowk … And I awoik; Dunb. (OUP) 166/48.
Thus hes he [sc. Anchises] said, and with that word, but mair, Vanyst away, as the reik in the ayr; Doug. v xii 138.
(b) This doolie dreame … Brocht to ane end Cresseid fra it awoik And all that court and conuocatioun Vanischit away; Henr. Test. Cress. 347.
This man wanischit away and could in no wayis be sen nor comprehendit, bot wanischit away as he had bene ane blink of the sone; Pitsc. I 259/4, 5.
[He] haifing namit the said Issobell, be hir name, scho immediatlie thaireftir vaneischit away; 1607 Crim. Trials II 524.
He haifing ressauit that respons fra the devill the said Alexander thaireftir cuists him the kat quha thairuith vanischet away; 1630 Justiciary Cases I 146.
(2) With that Criste fra hyme wanyst; Leg. S. xix 267.
Scho … With the weschell and the bones Frome thare sicht wanyst all-attones; Richt as one cloud, and [n]euir syne seyne; Troy-bk. ii 2812.
And the een of thame war opnyt, and thai knew him; and he vanyschit fra thar een; Nisbet Luke xxiv 31.
(3) p.t. With that word he vanist [Bann. vaneist] and I woke; Henr. Fab. 1620.
p.p. And quhen scho wanyst [Bann. vaneist] was and invisible Hir madin wepit; Henr. Orph. 113.
Sa sone as that image fell but dout, … the fire was quenchit out. The baths twa was vanischit out of sicht; Rolland Seven S. 5014.
b. Set thi cours adoun From Itale towart the cost of Sycilly, And the strait sowndis of the mont Pelory Vanysys [Sm. wanysis, Ruddim. wanyssis] away peys and peys, than the land Strekis all tyme towart the left hand; Doug. iii vi 109.

2. a. Of a material thing: To rot, decay, be destroyed, cease to exist. b. Of cloud, darkness: To dissipate, disappear. c. Of a non-material thing: To disappear from perception, memory, knowledge or reality, to cease to exist. Also const. away. a. Misteris of sciens … for couatice Ar blindyt … With warldly corrumppit qualytee, That failȝeis fautly ilke day And vanis vrechitly away; Ratis R. 1625.
Al thinge that vndir the sone was, rotit and vanist away; Wisd. Sol. (STS) 120.
This schaft, fleand in the moyst ayr, Brynt in a bles, and the randoun alquhar With low and flambys gan do notyfy, And, al consumyt, vanyst in the sky; Doug. v ix 68.
Ye ar salt of the erde: that gif the salt vanyse away, quharein sal it be saltit? Nisbet Matth. v 13.
Dauid Panter bischop of Rosse, and James Stuard, … baith ar schortlie deid, and declairet in that sam tym that al erdlie thing vanissis; Dalr. II 386/22.
Quhat so ever waxis auld, It wenischis away; Montg. Suppl. xxxiv 134.
b. The tyme of myrknes of the nycht vanysis, and gret licht of day incressis; Irland Mir. I 128/12.
The clude about thame swith was brokin, And wanist tyte away amang the air; Doug. i ix 13 (Sm.).
c. Suddanly the payn vanyst als cleyn Of hys body, as thocht it had beyn Bot a dyrlyng; Doug.xii vii 95.
Gif thow be honest lauboure dois ane thing, Thy panefull laubour sall vanes but tarying, Howbeit thy honest werkis do nocht so; Bell. Boece I xi.
Quhay dois thair life into this erd consume Without virtew, thair fame and memorie Sall vanis soner than the reky fume; Bell. Boece I xii.
Quhen he [sc. man] gettis ony aduersite or persecutione, thane it [sc. faith] wanissis and wauers as ane dreyme; Gau 31/12.
Him thocht that tyme he hard ane voce apeir, Quhilk said [etc.] … Quhen this wes said the voce vaneist awa; Stewart 37457.
Gif his [sc. the king's] behauioure be licht or dissolute [the people] uill conceaue præoccupied conceatis of the kings inuairde intention quhiche althoch uith tyme … it uill uanishe by the euidence of the contraire euents, yett [etc.]; James VI Basil. Doron 163/1.
Yesterday we heard a great many fancies … so wild and louse when I gript them they vanish't, when I thought I had them fast: at the opening of my hand it was gone in fumo, like the hopes of ane alchymist; 1673 Lauder Notices Affairs I 71.

3. a. Of a thing: To become worthless in some way; to lessen in amount; to cease to fulfil a function. b. Of a person: To become worthless, foolish or vain (in one's mind). Also const. away. a. How suld a penny fruct contrar nature Sen gold … and alkyn vre Fynit be folkis vanisis, and nocht incressis; Colk. Sow iii 15.
Gif we do not bot dissent amang our selffis, regairding our awin prevat wining mair nor the weillfair of the realme then our awin geir and substance sall wanische away, our selffis and bairnes put to wraik and … the king sal be in danger; Pitsc. I 37/13.
Their came ane hear be tymes, and souckit a milk kow … quhairthrow the kow wanist away, and gaif bluid instead of milk; 1597 Misc. Spald. C. I 107.
b. Quhen thai had knawne God, thai glorifiit Him nocht as God, nouthir did thankingis, bot thai vanysit [Vulg. evanuerunt, AV became vain] in thare thouchtis and the vnwise hert of thame was mirkit; Nisbet Rom. i 21.
Mony Gentillis … wald nocht … serve Him, as thair God … and swa thai vanissit away in thair mynd be ydolatrie and uthir abhominabil synnis, and sa thai perischit; Hamilton Cat. 126.
In filth, lo! I begyn and end, By syn maternall I am send, With vyce I vaneis and mon wend; Scott xxxvi 23.
There being nathing in that mind of ours but vanity and error quhereby we vanish away, and can never bide at na good purpose; R. Bruce Serm. 122.
If thou gettest that Spirit, then light shall be offered and given to thee; but if thou vanishest in thy mind and followest thy wit except thou castest away thy reasoning, read not one word [of the Scriptures]; Rollock Wks. II 496.

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