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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).

REBAGHLE, n. Disparagement, reproach, aspersion, now only arch. Also attrib.Abd. 1809 J. Skinner Amusements 106:
The ladies will them a' despise, Gin ye express The least rebaghle ony wise Upo' their dress.
Mry. 1849 A. Blackhall Lays of North 92:
A frumpish deil, wi' rebaghle scoff, Said “Your Majesty looks gay”.
Sc. 1913 H. P. Cameron Imit. Christ ii. ii. 56:
The lown-hertit man, alpuist he drees rebaghle, is weel eneuch i' lownness, sith he stauns siccar i' God an' no' in the warl'.

[Appar. a deriv. variant of freq. formation, used as a n., of O.Sc. reba(l)k, to abuse, revile, reproach, 1450, of unknown orig.]

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