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TRILAPSE, adj., n. Also trelapse, treelaps.

I. adj. Of an offence against morals or church discipline: occurring or repeated for the third time. Gall. 1705–21 Session Bk. Minnigaff (1939) 159, 380:
The Session, considering this to be a trelaps fornication, . . . In order to receive his sentance for his treelaps fornication.

II. n. A third offence against church discipline, esp. in regard to fornication. Hence trilapser, one guilty of this. Hist. Wgt. 1703 Session Bk. Glasserton MS. (19 Dec.):
To appear before this congregation in the habit of sackcloath, she being guilty of a trelapse into fornication.
Sc. 1709 W. Steuart Collections iii xi. § 11:
Fornicators are to make profession of their repentance three several Sabbaths; who are guilty of a relapse therein, six Sabbaths; who are guilty of a trilapse, twenty-six Sabbaths.
Kcd. 1751 G. A. Henderson Kirk of St Ternan (1962) 129:
John Welsh guilty of Trilapse in fornication.
Ayr. 1869 Maybole West Ch. Session Rec. MS. (10 Jan.):
This being a case of trilapse for A. D., her case was sent up to the Presbytery.
Abd. 1877 W. Alexander Rural Life 201:
Concerning a woman who was a “trelapser”.

[O.Sc. trelaps, thrice guilty, 1574, a third offence, 1608, ad. Lat. tri-lapsus, adj., = I., trilapsum, = II.]

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