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Ever-, Evirmar(e, -mair, adv. Also: euere-, euyr-, ewyrmare; euir-, euyrmair(e; euir-, euyr-, ewirmayr. [Northern ME. evermare, evirmar (c 1300), early ME. auere mære (c 1205).]

1. For all future (or later) time.(a) 1399 Melville Chart. 15.
Of the qwhilkis soume … I euer mare qwytcleme
1405 James of Douglas Letter to Henry IV in Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 59.
The Haly Gast ȝow haff in his ȝhemsall euermar
c1420 Wynt. iv. 894.
Leonyde alsua slayne wes thare, That Spartane rew may evermare
c1420 Ratis R. 497.
He gaif hyme lyf and spretis than, That euer-mar mone lestand be
(b) a1400 Leg. S. iii. 641.
Thi tormentis sall leste … ȝet thane but end euirmar
c1420 Wynt. vi. 2287.
Off that priwylage evyrmare Partles suld be the slaare
1450 Peebles B. Rec. 14.
Ane obit of messis to be don … at Sant Michaellis altare and our Lady altare euirmar
c1515 Asl. MS. II. 206/2.
He tuke it agane of him, evirmare to be haldin of him for a rent ȝerelie
1525 Wemyss Chart. 153.
The foresaid Dauid Wemyss … quitclamys and dischargez [the said sowme] … for now and euyr mair
1596 Dalr. I. 227/26.
He departes to that assemblie quhais ordour euirmair he followed in constancie of lyfe

2. At all times, always.(a) 1456 Hay II. 95/24.
Dres all thy mynde and thy cogitaciounis evermare to do wele
c1460 Wisd. Sol. 348.
The erde remanis euermare vnremouable
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 53/28.
Euermar cherite causis clerare and mare visoun of God
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xii. 22.
Evirmair unto this warldis joy As nerrest air succeidis noy
1513 Doug. ii. iv. 13.
Abufe the watir thar hals stude euermare, With bludy crestis
1567 G. Ball. 145.
The haly Gaist … Keip vs this nicht, and euer mair
(b) 1375 Barb. i. 242.
Thus contrar thingis euir-mar Discoweryngis off the tothir ar
Ib. vii. 174.
Quhen the vanys fillit ar, The body worthis hevy euirmar
c1475 Wall. i. 13.
It is weyle knawyne … How thai haff wrocht … To hald Scotlande at wndyr euirmar
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxiii. 113.
He lay at the plunge evirmair
1513 Doug. vi. vi. 34.
Thocht in his cave ȝour hydduus portar Ȝowland affray the ded gaistis evyrmar

3. For evermare, for all time.(a) 1379 Douglas Chart. 28.
Wete yhe me … haue releissit, quitclaymit and for euer mare remittyt … all my rycht … to fourty markis worth of land
1389 Facs. Nat. MSS. II. 41.
To … the Conuent of Meuros and thair successours for euere mare
1426 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 202.
To my richtwis airis … in fe and heritag for euermar
1456 Hay I. 74/2.
The juge may … frely delyver thame fra my clame for evermare
1472 Lennox Mun. 87.
Fra all rycht, clame and titill of rycht, … [that] I, myn ayris [etc.] … be excludit … for euermar
c1500-c1512 Dunb. vi. 18.
I leiff my saull for euermair … In to my lordis wyne cellair
1513 Doug. x. v. 48.
For euermar to be deificat As goddessys
(b) 1375 Barb. i. 155.
Gyff thow will hald in cheyff off me For euirmar
1417 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 249.
Fyve rude of land … to be haldin … in fee and heritage for euirmare
1436 Reg. Panmure II. 199.
[Of] the quhilk some … I quitcleme the forsaid Thomas for … evir mar
1489 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 546.
That I and thai be pwt owt for euirmayr alvtirly
1494 Ib. No. 583.
To remane with it as said is for ewirmayr
1510 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 129.
In perpetuale memoriall in tyme tocum for euirmair
a1568 Scott x. 60.
Evirilk greif is gane Forevir mair
a1570-86 Maitl. F. xcviii. 87.
Thocht sum of ȝour intent Ȝe want for euirmair

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