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Lavis(c)h, Lawage, a. [Late ME. and e.m.E. lavage (Cath. Angl.), lavas (1485), lavish (1553), f. ME. lavas (1483) lavishness, excess, extravagance, OF. lavasse, lavache, lavis deluge (of rain), torrent (of words).] Unrestrained, excessively prodigal, extravagant. — 1535 Stewart 46211.
For ȝour speiking so proude, Or lichtlie langage bayth lawage and loude, … I dar nocht to my purpois proceid
1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 54.
Verray spairing of his countrimennis blude, and lauisch of his awin
1681 Stair Inst. iv. xxxv. 21.
Interdictions are a kind of inhibitions, whereby a weak or lavish pairty obliges himself to do nothing in prejudice of his heritage

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