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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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(Plage,) Plaig(e, v. Also: plague, plaigue, plege. P.t. and p.p. plagit etc. and plaiggit, playggit, plagget. [e.m.E. plaghe (Caxton), plage, plague, late L. plāgāre to strike, wound.]

1. To afflict with calamities, esp. by way of divine punishment (see Plage n. 1); to inflict oppressive and lengthy punishment upon. 1554 Cochran-Patrick Coinage I. 98.
[Priests, for a kind of extortion,] war justlie plagit
1556 Lauder Off. Kings 120.
[God] sall … Plaige ȝow with paine that hes no end
Ib. 204.
And haistelie or euer ȝe knaw Ȝe salbe plagit
Id. Minor P. i. 525.
That God dois plaig him for his filthie sin
1560 Conf. Faith in 14.. Acts II. 528/2.
He was woundit and plaguit for our transgressiounis
1562-3 Winȝet I. 40/23.
That foule lippre quhairwith scho wes plagit
1567 Sat. P. iv. 47.
God maid hir [Q. Mary's] scurge to plaigue me [Darnley] for ay
c1590 Fowler I. 81/101.
Triumphant kingis … and popes … Who now lyes spoyled of thair pompe and skant dois plague thair pryd
1570 Leslie 14.
[In 1438] the realme wes plaiggit with reif, oppression, derthe and pest, as … punishment
1596 Dalr. II. 294/8.
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI (1825) 308.
c1600 Montg. Suppl. xxxiii. 28.
1600-1610 Melvill 237.
Uzzia, the King of Juda, was sa terrible plagget and his haill land schaken
1581-1623 James VI Poems I. 127/120.
A secret hangman for to plaig his arrogance & pryde

b. transf. to growing plants. 1567 Reg. Privy C. I. 571.
To the great incres of derth and skantines, the cornis … being at Goddis plesour plagit and spilt with weit

2. To oppress, molest, torment. 1596 Dalr. I. 285/23.
Danes, remembering how be the Scotis thair peple sa sair had beine plaigit
1611-57 Mure Sonnets xii. i.
Puir perjurd palliard plaged with the parls
1657 Johnston Diary (1940) 76.
This jumbled, plaiged, troubled me exceedingly

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