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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Amendis, Amends, n. [ME. amendes (c 1300), OF. amendes, pl. of amende reparation. Cf. Amand n.]

1. Compensation or satisfaction for loss, injury, etc.; recompense, reparation. Freq. with vbs., as get, have, tak; esp. to mak (make) amendis or amends. (In later use becoming a mendis, a mends: see Mendis n.)1375 Barb. xii. 382 (stithly in the battale stand, and tak amendis). a1400 Leg. S. xxxiv. 9 (amendis for to make). 14.. Acts I. 12/2 (he sal geyff to the kingis amendis viij ky). 1456 Hay I. 164/26 (I aw to mak him grete amendis). c1475 Wall. v. 236 (off Inglismen amendis to haiff). 1513 Doug. iii. ii. 158 (amendis of this turbacioun). a1570-86 Maitl. F. 379 (for amendis to the bodeis of thair craftis). 1591 Reg. Privy C. IV. 625 (to mak the complenair amendis).

2. With a or ane: A requital, recompense, or indemnity.1456 Hay I. 244/17 (that was a symple amendis for sa grete a mischef). 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 271 (to haue ane amendis vpoun Erle Bothuile). 1586 Inverness B. Rec. I. 307 (he suld haif ane amendis of him). 1622-6 Bisset II. 247 (to mak him ane amendis). 1626 Kinghorn Kirk S. 30 (wald ȝe not have gewin hir ane amends of me?).

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