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Ivil(l, a. Also: ivyl(e, iwill, iwyll, ywyll, ivell, yvell. [North. and midl. ME. ivil, ivel, ifell (Orm), OE. yfel. Cf. Evil(l, and see the notes on Ivill n.Some of the examples are given more fully s.v. Evil(l a.]

= Evil(l a., Ill a., in various senses.(a) a1400 Leg. S. xlv. 108.
Ivyle man & wlatsume to God
a 1400 Bute MS. fol. 174.
It befallys oft that the mayster of a schyp behufys for to hew his maste thrw ivyl wedyr
14.. Acts I. 29/2.
Gif the ayr be absent for ivil wyl or malyce
Ib. 33/2.
Gif the fleschewar graythis ivil flesche
1596 Stirling Merch. Guild 8.
Johne Burges is vnlawit … for making ivill seruice
1601 Rep. Elphinston Mun. 31.
That yon vose not souche a royaulme … by the yvell gouuernement of the Quene
1604 Misc. Hist. Soc. II. 246.
The Divill is not sua ivill as he is cald
1676 Edinb. B. Rec. X 274.
The same [payment] would be an ivell preparative
(b) a1400 Leg. S. xxxvi. 1039.
Thar for he thocht of iwil rede His fadir for to do to dede
c1420 Wynt. v. 1022.
His fals and ywyll lyvyng
1604 Elgin Rec. II. 125.
They … hard hir say scho promeisit to them all ane iwill turne
1619 Sutherland Corr. 138.
My wreit is so iwyll
1628 Ib. 148.
Our nephew … haid werie iwill pennieworthe off the blake naig ye hocht to him

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