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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Dume, n. Also: dvme, dwme, dwym(e, duym. [Variant of Dome n.]

1. Doom, judgement, sentence.(a) c1420 Wynt. viii. 1701.
This Kyng Edward gave sentens And dwme off hys priwatyown
1503 Acts II. 246/1.
The partij falsar of the said dume sall cum … to the chavmerlane, & present to him the proces of the falsing of the said dume
1533 Carnwath Baron Ct. 73.
The said balȝe gart gif dwme in dew forme
1588 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 119.
Dauid Lyll and James Robesoun … ar decernit in amerchiament of court … , and dwme gevin heirupoun
c1590 J. Stewart 13/52.
Deid at ane dint, thay gaet no vther dume
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. xxiv. 68.
O duilfull dume, delyvrit but delay
1602 Shetland Sheriff Ct. 5 b.
Magnus Richertsoun is tryit to have disobeyit the foldis dwme
(b) 1467 Lindores Abbey 163.
John of Rossy ye ar amerciate for spekyn in the curt with optenyt lyff, and that wes gyffen for duym
1491 Ayr Fr. Preach. Chart. 62.
For outin ony proces of the courtis of preving of waistis, wardis, or dwyms thairupon
1510 Misc. Spald. C. V. 395.
I the said lawman … gewis for dwym, and decreets that the said Jhone [etc.]
1516 Rec. Earld. Orkney 91.
The said domismen hes procurit the seylle of Thomas Tulloch … to be afyxit to this present dwyme
1564 Prestwick B. Rec. 68.
We depone our decret & … ordanis … dwyme [to be] geffin thair apoun

2. Personal judgement, opinion. 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. i. 170.
This ilk way cummis the Courtis be our dume Of Diane and Venus
1535 Stewart 22189.
Sum men thair is that wrytis to my dume, Thair purpois wes that tyme to pas to Rome
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 1315.
To cum ȝit, by dume ȝit, Confess ȝe haif nae feill

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