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Dome, n. Also: dom, domme; doum(e, dowm(e, doome; doyme, doime. [ME. doom(e, dome, OE. dóm. See also Dume n. The preference for the spellings with o in place of u is due to the following m.]

1. A judgement formally pronounced; a judicial decision or sentence.(a) a1400 Leg. S. vii. 131.
Sancte Paule … apelyt had to Rome, To thole of the empriour the dome
Ib. xxxi. 829.
Be lachtful dome Of al the senatouris of Rome
1385 Red Bk. Grandtully I. 140*.
The ta parte of this endentur … dwelland with the forsayde Syr Robert … as ful endyt dome vndyr my sele
c1420 Wynt. vi. 216.
This Charlys wald be lauchfull dome To schamful ded have put thame thare
14.. Acts I. 330/2.
Thai that ar fundyn absent salbe amerciat be dome
Ib. 378/1.
Al domes falsit or aganesaid in burrow court salbe determinyt … throw foure burgesis
1455 Soc. Ant. Chart. (Reg. H.) No. 7.
The said Thomas Grahame askit sesine of the forsaid … landis … to be jugit to the said Mergarete be dome of court
a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 324.
O cruell Saturne, … Hard is thy dome, and to malitious
1494 Thanes of Cawdor 82.
We … cassis and annullis the said donie and all sentence … that mycht haue folowit therapoun
1502 Crim. Trials I. 31.
The saidis [persons] … war deliverit to the said scheref, to be kepit and demanit as said is, efter the forme of the dome foresaide
1513 Doug. i. viii. 23.
The domys and law pronuncis sche to thame
1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 75.
All personis … presentlie remaning rebellis … upoun domes pronuncit for caisses criminall
c1590 Fowler II. 31/18.
The dome is decernit, the sentence is pronuncit
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Schireff.
Ane … schiref-dome is ane part of land … within the quhilk the schireffe, as judge, … pronuncis decreites and domes to all the inhabitantes theirof
1622-6 Bisset I. 74/35.
The auld formes and processis of falsing of domes
(b) 1440 Biggar 289.
The doyme forsaid … is evyl, … and here we the forsaid … procuratoris … fals it

b. In the phrases to give dome or for dome.(1) 1385 3rd Rep. Hist. MSS. 410/2.
The curt … assignet thareto Tewisday … to caus his dome … to be giffyn gif thai come noucht
1411 Reg. Episc. Brechin I. 31.
The borrowes rehersit, the dempstar of the court … gaf dome
1461 Liber Plusc. 399.
Quhen dome is giffin, and na remede set ford
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1083.
The Iustice bad belyif To gif the dome, and tak of all his claithes
1492 Acta Conc. 245/2.
The proces and dome led and gevin aganis … William lord Rothuen in the last chaumerlane Are haldin at Perthe
1510 Reg. Privy S. I. 306/1.
Dome wes gevin … that the said Alexander suld be dampnit to dede for art and part of the said slauchter
1556 Inverness B. Rec. I. 2.
The sayd Thom is jugit in admerciament and dome gyfin thairapon
a1578 Pitsc. II. 54/18.
With ane iudge criminall to gif dome and sentance wpoun … Mr George
1590 Lanark B. Rec. 96.
Dom [was] gevin thairon be Jhon Watson, damster of the curt
1623 Misc. Spald. C. V. 222.
Quhairwpoun dome was giwin, and ordeanit his haill guids and geir to be escheit
(b) 1488 Dunferm. B. Rec. 5.
I … sais to thé … that the doym that ye has gyffyn is ewyl fals and rottyn in the self
1524 Carnwath Baron Ct. 19.
For falt of comperans … doum [is] gyffin thairon
a1570-86 Maitl. F. lv. 31.
To gif ane doume be law that may nocht stand
(2) 1385 3rd Rep. Hist. MSS. 410/2.
With consale of the forsayde curt and noblis … , it was giffyn for dome [etc.]
1410 Reg. Episc. Brechin I. 31.
The dempstar of the court … gaf dome in this forme, sayand, This grit court wardis and I gif for dome [etc.]
c 1456 Edinb. B. Rec. MS. (Reg. H.) 2.
Scho wes adiugit in amerciament of the court and amendis to the partj, and that wes gevin for dome
1463 Lindores Abbey 161.
That wes gewyn for dom be the deliverans of a sys
1473 Ib. 166.
You are amerciate for wranguis stroblans of the serjands … ; and that was gyffin ffor dowm
c 1525 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 391.
He was and is all tyme contumax … ; and that is gewin for dome
1562 Digest Justiciary Proc. D. 46.
Duncane Hurrye dempster … for dome gawe that the said Johnne Gordoune suld be hangit quhill he war deid
1597 Misc. Spald. C. I. 115.
The justice … ordanit the saidis four persounis to be … bund to ane staik … and brint in asches; and that wes gevin for dome

c. But (or withoutin) dome (or law), without proper (trial and) sentence. 14.. Acts I. 12/2.
Grantand … he affermyt that wythoutin lawe or dome … ony thing was fra thaim away takyn
a1500 Bk. Chess 595.
Thai swer … That thai suld sla this kingis sone but dome
1531 Bell. Boece I. p. lvii.
He that fled in time of battall … was slane, but ony dowme
1535 Stewart 1563.
To se the pepill soir puneist wit oppressioun, But dome or law, parliament or sessioun
1567 Sat. P. iv.105.
Ane saikles lambe … Jugeit by law, and hangit syne but dome
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. xliv. 14.
Me to torment no tym ȝe tyre … To dead, but ony dome
c1650 Spalding II. 354.
Ane of the … soldiouris … is apprehendit, and but dome or law, … is hangit to the death

d. With defining addition, as of batall. 14.. Acts I. 49/1.
Leffull it is to na man to take redempcioun for thyft eftir dome gevyn of wattir or of batal
c 1525 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 389.
He … protestit quhat euir war done in the doume of propyrte gewin of the said landis … suld twrn hyme to na preiudice tuiching his allegit rycht
1533 Prot. Bk. J. Cristisone 23.
[Andrew and John protested nothing after the judgment or] dovm of properte
c1550-79 Chron. Fortirgall 144.
God set his bow in the air … quhilk is liknyt to tua domis, viz. wattyr and ffyir. The doime of wattyr sall neuir be

2. The last judgement, esp. in day of dome. a1400 Leg. S. ii. 1100.
Quhat sall we say Of awfull doume apone the day [etc.]
Ib. xxiv. 6.
Thre statis are … In quhilkis almen sal apere … Before God one the day of dome
c1420 Wynt. i. 284; etc.
Bydand the Antecrystyes come Befor the mykyll day of dome
1456 Misc. Bann. C. III. 97.
As he will answer befor the hyeast iuge upoun the day of Doum
c1500-c1512 Dunb. ix. 67.
I trow in to the blissit Haly Spreit, … And to thy dome that we sall rys compleit
1533 Gau 34/6.
That his aune body sal ris wp agane apone the day off dome

3. The sentence passed upon a person; the penalty or fate assigned to one. 1375 Barb. i. 235.
He … May nocht knaw weill … the wrechyt dome That is cowplyt to foule thyrldome
a1400 Leg. S. ii. 27.
Paule … eftir, quhen he come to Rome, Wndir fell Nero tholit dowme
c1475 Wall. viii. 691.
For Inglismen he settis no doym bot ded
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 1523.
I recommend till our rememberans … our deid and eike our dome
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 659.
To tholl the dome of ded thai brocht him out Into ane place
1535 Stewart 21384.
He thame send … to Rome, In capitall quhair that tha sufferit dome
1540 Acts II. 361/2.
The saidis domes of forfaltoure war furth drawin of the bukis
1567 Sat. P. vii. 200.
Claudius Losit his stait, and gat deid for his dome
1590 Digest Justiciary Proc. M. 12.
Our will is … that ȝe gyff dome of baneschment aganes the said James
1616 Mure Misc. P. xi. 26.
Sorow … Be only thy releiff, Since sche hath giwin thy dome

4. A judgement or opinion on a matter. 1375 Barb. iv. 713.
Wis men sais he suld nocht mak, His liftyme, certane domys thre
a1400 Leg. S. xxvii. 1240.
It ware langsum for to say The wondir that God … Wrocht for thame, For thai exced all mannis dowme
Ib. 1465.
Swa that to his dowme … That suld be downe partenyt all
a1500 Henr. III. 106/5.
To my dowme [v.r. dome] he said in his ditting [etc.]
1513 Doug. xiii. Prol. 93.
Onto my doym [Sm. dom], I saw ȝou nevir ayr

5. Comb. with falser, falsing, giiffing. 14.. Acts I. 378/1.
The manere of dome falsing. Gif ony party will fals a dome [etc.]
1597 Misc. Spald. C. I. 126.
The gugis deputis within wretin continewit the doomegiffing on hir to ane new warning
1622-6 Bisset I. 286/25.
The dome falser sall first enforce his ressonis

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