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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GREE, n.3 Favour, goodwill, loving-kindness. Obs. in Eng. since 16th c. Arch.Sc.(E) 1871 P. H. Waddell Psalms xxi. 7:
The nieborlie gree o' the Heighest.
Sc. 1928 T. T. Alexander Psalms 17:
That theeks thee wi' the best o' gree, Wi' kindness haps thee roon'.

Comb.: ¶gude-gree, mercy.Sc.(E) 1871 P. H. Waddell Psalms v. 7:
Bot mysel till yer hous will ben, i' the feck o' yer ain gude-gree.
Sc.(E) 1913 H. P. Cameron Imit. Christ iii. xxx.:
Lippen till Me, an' pit yer trost i' My gude-gree.

[O.Sc. has gre, gree, satisfaction, pleasure, goodwill, from 1398. O.Fr. gré, favour.]

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