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Maugré, Magré, Mager, n. Also: mawgré, magra, -ry, -rie, magerie, magir. [ME. maugre (c 1290), mawgre, maugrey, mawgree, -gry, e.m.E. magger, mauger, OF. maugré, malgré: cf. Malgré.]

1. Ill-will, displeasure, hostility, of one person towards another.To have (a person) in maugre, to have ill-will towards him.(a) 1375 Barb. xvii. 60 (E).
I sall wyrk … That thow at thine entent sall be, And haff of nane off thaim mawgre
a1400 Leg. S. vii. 597.
Gyffe that Tytus had ony man In sic maugre that he na wald se One hyme
Ib. xxxi. 428.
He … sad, ‘Na,’ & with hyr magre passit away
1432 Lamont P. 13.
Als fer as he or tha der, for maugre and drede of the Kynge
?1438 Alex. i. 1080.
Maugre of God euer mot he haue [F. Honis soit] That is anoyit at the King
a1500 Rauf C. 485.
He war full michtie with magre durst abyde his meting
a1568 Bann. MS. 80 b/23.
Mony menis awin thing lennis Quhairthrow he wynnis grit mawgre Off thankles men that it miskennis
(b) 1535 Stewart 13409.
Beteiching thame to Pluto, prince of hell … With all the godis mager to thair meid

b. An instance of this. 1453 14th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. iii. 9.
Gyf ony of thaim happyns to inryn fedis or maugreis

2. Odium, the state of being regarded with ill-will or displeasure, reproach or blame.Freq., to have, get, deserve maugre. ?1438 Alex. ii. 286.
Maugre haue he that spares his baines
Ib. 7095.
And gif that I na better be Maugre haue I gif sho me se!
c1420 Ratis R. 979.
Thow sal oft have ful gret magré
a1500 Henr. III. 91/45.
Bot mawgre haif I and I byd
1497 Thanes of Cawdor 89.
Payment … for … expensis fed magre and trubyll that he has sustenit
c1500 Rowll Cursing 162 (B).
In hellis hoill quhair nevir is … amitie bot discord Malice rancour & invy With magry [M. magra] & malancoly
a1500 Seven S. 1734.
He trowit tham … That gart him get … Mekle magra and schamis deid
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xlvii. 33.
Quhair I had maugre to my meid, I trest rewaird and thankis betuene
1535 Stewart 29302. c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus ii. 167.
Ȝe haue seruit greit magrie to ȝour meid For presumptioun
Id. Seven S. 4266.
c1568 Lauder Minor P. ii. 54.
For auld kyndnes thow sall nocht get Bot magerie, malice and iniure

3. In maugre of, in spite of, notwithstanding = Maugré,prep ?1438 Alex. i. 101.
[He] In maugre of thairis [F. maugré eux] reskewit the pray
1535 Stewart 8725.
[He] in mager of his will Sould gar him pas out of Brigantia
Ib. 42637.
Ib. 53918.

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