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First published 2000 (DOST Vol. VIII).

Sensyn(e, Synsyne, Sincesyne, adv. Also: sensynne, -sin(e, -sen, sendsyne, senesyn(e, seinsyne, sanesyne, sinsyn(e, -séen, sinesyne, sinceseyne, -sen, sinc syn. [17th c. north. Eng. dial. sensine (once, 1674); Sen prep., Sens prep. and Syn(e adv.] Since then, after that time; from that time onwards.Written as one or two words.(a) ?1438 Alex. ii 4671.
I saw him nocht sensyne agane
1456 Hay I 38/25.
A citee … callit … Saturne, that was callit sensyne Scitus
1460 Hay Alex. 558.
For sic as he sen syne wes neuir born
1470 5th Rep. Hist. MSS App. 630/1.
Thir landis … ar to me proppir … heritage thir twenti yeris and ma sen synne
c1475 Wall. viii 1380.
Sen syn
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 164/127.
Sensyne I curs that cankerit rowte Quhair evir I go
a1515 B. M. Royal MS 17.D. XX fol. 305.
The ȝere of God a thousand ii hunder Ingland & Walice war interdytyt for thar trespas vi ȝeris and ay sen syne thai ar tributaris to the pape for thar relesching
1518 Peebles Chart. 46. 1535 Stewart 900, etc. 1546 Edinb. Hammermen 170b.
Sensyne to Adame … for warning of tham viij d.
1548 Aberd. B. Rec. I 456.
Togidder with … xii d. for my hors laur that I want eilk day sensin
1549 Compl. 95/28.
And sen sine al the Irland men ar sklauis til hym
a1568 Bann. MS 218b/13.
Thus am I ȝouris and evir sensyne hes bene
a1585 Maitl. Q. 103/15.
Sorrow sensyne Dois still me pyine
1672 Corshill Baron Ct. 106.
Decernit to pay … 30 boill malt fra Lambes ’71 to Lambes ’72, and sensen to this day
1559–60 Inverness Rec. I 41.
And he send syne … wsand his preuillege in the said bruch as freman
1567–8 Inverness Rec. I 159.(b) a1400 Leg. S. xviii 992.
Quhat manere of clethinge Had thou for to cleth thé sene syne?
c1420 Wynt. v 3018.
All the land, That papys sene syne had in thare hand
1490 Irland Mir. II 107/11.
Sene syn
1520 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 56.
The takar of the said hors was never servand to the said Adam befor nor sene syne
a1570-86 Maitl. F. 424/178. 1570–1 Lanark B. Rec. 53.
Quhilk helbert hie hes halding sene syne
(c) a1578 Pitsc. I 1/7.
Thairfoir we follow furth seinsyne begining at King James the secund
(d) c1600 Montg. Suppl. xix 1.
I hoipe to serve, sane syne to deserue, Syne [etc.]
(e) 1541 Blackfriars Perth 151.
The said William Rolly, synsyne wpon the xx day of September … resignit the said boith of new in the handis of Andro Blaket
(f) ?1549 Monro W. Isles (1961) 94.
Vic Alexander quhilk bruikes a pairt of Locheaber sinsyne
1616 Haigs of Bemersyde 140.
Sin syne
1650 Brechin Presb. 23.
1573 Inv. Q. Mary clii.
I … caste it in an … cofer … But what is become of it sinseen I knowe not
(g) 1674 Edinb. B. Rec. X 184.
There hes many emergent occasiones fallene out sinesyne
1682 Lauder Observes App. iv 307.
What is become of him sine syne … you may probably hear hereafter
(h) c1590 Fowler I 53/149.
For ay since syne my eyes through teares wer on the ground fixt wak
1605-6 Welsh Forty-eight Serm. 391.
There are many of you, who heard this in the morning, that have not so much as once thought upon it sincesyne
1652 Argyll Synod II 20.
Not finding themselves satisfied with any evidence of repentence that he hath given since syne
1664 Decis. Lords G. 82.
The abbots continually enjoyed that priviledge; and sincesyne, the Lords of Erection
1670 Aberd. Council Lett. V 56.
Under the proces of our whilk horne the said Mr. Robert Petrie hes continuallie sincesyne lyen
1673 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 187.
In regaird of the inabalitie of my bodie sinc syn and is not lyk to be able to work for my lyfliehood as yitt
1697-1707 D. Hume Accompt of Estate 39.
And very many have done it since syne
(i) 1680 Argyll Justic. Rec. I 128.
[She] took bed and still since seyne keeped the same
(j) 1659 Melrose R. Rec. I 226.
[The wood] quhich hath bein … ever since sen wed and cuttit be them

b. Ago. 1563–4 Perth B. Ct. 15 (25 Jan.).
William Waddell … deponit that sex ȝeir sensyne or thairby he saw [etc.]
1594 Paisley B. Rec. 158.
Fyve threiffs stray bocht ane yeir sensyne
1596–7 Misc. Spald C. I 95. 1616 Inverurie 203.
With Thomas Bonner, who was baniest a lang tym sen syn

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