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Maugré, Magré, Mauger, Magir, prep. Also: mawgré, maugrie, magra, -rawe, -ry, -rie; maugur, mawgir, mouger. [ME. maugre (c 1264) mawgrey, magre, magrat (14th c.), e.m.E. magry, OF. maugré, malgré. Cf. Maugré,n. and Malgré.] In spite of, despite, notwithstanding; notwithstanding the opposition of, in face of.

a. Const. possessive. Maugre his, thine, etc.: In spite of him, you, etc.; also reflex. despite himself, yourself, etc.Cf. OF. maugre mien, maugre vostre, etc.(1) 1375 Barb. ii. 124.
Gyff his [the horse's] ȝhemar oucht gruchys, Luk that thow tak him magre his
Ib. iv. 153 (C), etc.
Thai brynt magre thairis the ȝet
a1400 Leg. S. xii. 212.
Maugre hyrris & aganis his wil
Ib. xxvi. 265. Ib. xlvi. 61. c1400 Troy-bk. i. 143.
Mawgre hys
?1438 Alex. ii. 4120.
My horsis myne, And the ky als, maugre thyne
Ib. 4669; etc. c1420 Wynt. viii. 3789.
Magrawe his
(2) 1375 Barb. iv. 194 (E).
Him worthit, magre his, abid In till an hamillet thar by
Ib. iii. 125. a1400 Leg. S. xxviii. 702.
For maugre myn this ded do I
a1500 Lanc. 115.
Al magre thine a seruand schal yow bee

b. Const. objective; also reflex., as, despite themselves, etc.(1) 1375 Barb. iv. 738 (E).
Men, kyndly till iwill gewyn … has … worthin off gret renoun, Magre the constellacioun
Ib. ix. 675; etc.
Dowglas … the forest … Occupyit all magre the mycht Off his feill fayis
?1438 Alex. i. 2726; etc.
Likit him than to leif the fecht Maugre his fais
c1420 Wynt. viii. 6506.
1456 Hay I. 24/10.
Maugre the emperour and all his helpis
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1806 (Bann.). c1475 Wall. iv. 669.
He tuk the strenth magre thar fayis will
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 168 (Asl.).
A bud … Sall gar a crukit caus … magre treuth optene the victorie
a1500 Lanc. 960. 1531 Bell. Boece I. 134.
Outhir to slay Galdus or than, magre his pissance, to put him to flicht
15.. Clar. v. 1041.
Ib. 2350. 1584 Calderwood IV. 45.
In despite of the Pope and maugrie the malice of all his merchants
c1590 Fowler I. 281/189.
For, maugre thé, thow seest that God will triumphe ouer in thé
1611-57 Mure Dido & Æn. i. 189. 1622 Scot Course of Conformity 86.
Their fidelities which, maugre oblivion and malice, will bide after them
c1630 Scot Narr. 106.
Which … they were forced at last to give, maugre their hearts
1638 Adamson Muses Thr. 10. 16.. Maidment Balfour Ballads 17. 1647 Ancram & Loth. Corr. I. 214.
Maugre opposition
a1652 Dickson Psalms I. 8.
Maugre them all
1661-88 Lauder Notices Affairs I. 64. 1683 Martine Reliq. Divi Andreae 253.
He … contributed his effectual endeavours … maugre all the opposition he met with
(b) 1535 Stewart 3487. Ib. 10408.
Magir hir will
15.. Clar. i. 744.
Mauger thair will
1638 Bk. Pasquils 87.
Mauger the deivell's despyte
1666-74 Fraser Polichron. 368.
A sure omen … that his posterity should … dure maugur all the designs … of … enemies
1688 Edinb. B. Rec. XI. 255.
Mouger the … machinations of evill men
1692 Presb. Eloq. (1694) 52.(2) c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 1308.
Magre thame bakwart thai sall on force
a1500 Lanc. 2677. 15.. Clar. i. 732.
The foirsaids knichts togidder did redound, Quhilk magrie thame they sink unto the ground

c. Const. indef. or interrog. pronoun. ?1438 Alex. ii. 1826.
With force fechtand agane he went, Maugre quha-sa had matelent
Ib. 5382. Ib. 9200. a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 771.
Yit makis he mery, magry quhasa mynt

d. Magre of, in spite of. c1475 Wall. vi. 393.
Thow sall ws se … Battaill to gyff, magra off all thi kyn
a1500 Lanc. 500.
Magre of ther will
Ib. 2709.

e. Maugre (a person's) hede (see Hede n.1 2 b), teith, baird, in spite of the person's opposition or resistance. ?1438 Alex. ii. 8900.
Sa rude a ruche he him gaif That he reuit it [the sword] of his neif, Magre his teith euir ilkane!
1638 Baillie I. 90.
Mr. George Gillespie … is now admitted to the kirk of Weems, maugre St. Andrewes baird

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