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Ill-will, -wyll, Ilwil, n. [North. ME. il wille, hill wil (a 1300), e.m.E. ill will, yll wyll (a 1533): corresp. to ON. illvili.] Malevolence, malice, hostility, ill will. — a1400 Leg. S. xii. 390.
The Jowis … For inwy & gret ill-wyll … [him] felly socht
14.. Acts I. 8/2.
Gif wythin gyrth … ony man thouch ill will lyftis his neff to stryk an othir
1592 Moysie Mem. 96.
The chanceller fled of court … be ressone of the illwill [of] the diuk of Lennox
1593 Logie Par. Hist. I. 39.
He had na ill will to the said David Balfour
1596 Dalr. II. 474/24.
Frie of onie suspicione of outher inuie, ilwil, adulatione or flattirie

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