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Loving, †Louing, Lowing, vbl. n.1 Also: -in(e, -yng(e, -yn. [ME. louing (Cursor M.), -ynge, north. e.m.E. lovinge (1539): see Love v. Cf. Lofing. Latterly appar. chiefly or only Sc.]

a. The act of praising; praise, high commendation. b. Passing into: Honour, credit, good estimation; fame, glory. c. With indefin. art. or in plur. : An instance of praise or commendation; a writing or speech of praise.Ambiguity with loving Luving vbl. n. may also occur.a (1) 1375 Barb. iii. 543.
Thai … till our Lord syne lowyng maid And thankit him
a1400 Leg. S. xxx. 803.
& al that hard this gef lowynge For His gret mycht til hewynis King
Ib. xxvi. 202, xxvii. 100. 1456 Hay II. 107/8.
Ay do [thou] honoure and loving to the maist … worthy men
a1500 Bernardus 194.
Reput nocht hym frende quhilk in thi face Gyffis gret lowynge
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 69/28. c1500-c1512 Dunb. x. 14. 1526 Douglas Corr. 115.
The luving gude mynde … ȝe have to my soverane … quharefore his hienes … has grete caus to gif ȝoure grace grete thankis and loving
1531 Bell. Boece (M) I. 157.
First he vesijt the municionis quhair the Romane soidiouris lay within thair inimeis, and gaif thame na litill loving therfor
Id. Livy I. 235/27.
The loving that was accustumate to be gevin to nobil men in thare deith
1533 Boece x. iv. 354 b. 1549 Compl. 182/6.
This subtel cordinar set ane of his corbeis that gef louyng til Augustus furtht at his vindo
1567 G. Ball. 16, 18.(2) 1513 Doug. xiii. ii. 158.
Eyk Jupiter … [he] Gan to extoll with maist souerane lovyng
1533 Bell. Livy II. 125/17 f.
Becaus it was concludit that he sall entir in the ciete with the loving of ouatioun, the army sang rude ballatis in his grete derisioun bot the sam[yn] was in the grete loving of Menineus thare tribune. Thus was the name of Menineus extollit with excellent loving and brute of all the pepill
1533 Gau 88/8.
O heuinlie fader … to quhome al lowine and honour is det
1535 Stewart 57225.
This auld proverb … Saying, the loving in ane mannis mouth, Maid of him self, stinkis lyke ony fen [etc.]
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5639.
And that moste happy cumpanye Sall ordourit be … Att the rycht hand of Christe … Heych in the air with loude louyng
1562-3 Winȝet I. 129/19.
That prayaris and louing suld be soung or red dayly
Ib. II. 46/27.
Aluterlie to be comparit to that supernal louing of the angelis quhilk be ane threfald blissing glorifiis ane Lord God
1581 Hamilton Cath. Tr. 137 b.
Justinus … sayis: That na thing can be vorthie of louing except frie vill be fexibill to baith the pairtis
1579, 1617 Despauter (1617) 21.
Laus, prayse or louing
(3) a1400 Leg. S. x. 517.
The ewangel of der Jhesu, To quham be ioy & lowinge ay
c1420 Ratis R. 1807.
To gret God be the lovynge Quhais graice has grantit this ending
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 209/9.
Eduard tynt the battell of Bannokburn loving to God
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxx. 17.
Sanct Francis, loving be thé till, And thankit mot thow be of thy gude will To me
1528 Lynd. Dreme 27.
Louyng be to the blyssit Trinitie That sic ane wracheit worme hes maid so habyll. Tyll sic ane Prince to be so greabyll
1535 Stewart 13162.
Loving to God, heir endis the ferd buke
Arundel MS. 242/130.
O maist benyng Jesu, lowing, honour, glore, and thankis be to thé for the maist haly wound of thi syde
1551 Hamilton Cat. 168.
To God thairfor be all louing and thankis, honour and glore for evir and evir, Amen
Ib. 170, 174. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 8319. 1567 G. Ball. 112.
Bot louing to the Lord allone That gaif vs nocht to be thair pray
Ib. 52.(4) a1400 Leg. S. v. 129.
Ger thu ȝone gold and stanis be Refourmyt in thar firste degre In lovinge of thi goddis name
1456 Hay II. 70/10.
To manetene his knychthede … at the reverence, honour, lufe, loving, service and doubting of almychty God
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1479 (Bass.).
Quhat pryce or loving [v.rr. louing, lowing] quhen the battell endis Is said off him that overcummis ane man [etc.]
1475–6 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 33.
Certane statutis … maide … for the honour and loving of Gode … and of His moder … and of Sanct Seuerane ande for the … vphalding of dyvine seruice [etc.]
1500 Ib. 82.
For the loving of God Almichty, the honour of the realme [etc.]
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 447.
In lovyng [Sm. loifing, R. louing] of thir ladeis lylly quhyte He [Chaucer] set on Virgill and Eneas this wyte
1515 Aberd. B. Rec. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 140. ?a1500 Remembr. Passion 87. 1520 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 199.
To the loving of God, the glorius virgine Marye and the halie ewangelyst Sanct Mark
1531 Bell. Boece I. 187.
[He] wes martyrit be Gentilis for making of ane orisone in loving of the glorius Virgin Mary
Ib. (M) I. 288.
Throw quhilk the kirkis syngis ȝerelye divyne cerymonis in thair gloir and lovyng
Id. Livy I. 24/5.
Makand on it ȝerelie sacrifice to thi [sc. Hercules'] honoure and loving
Ib. 62/10.
The pepill … tharefore assoleȝeit him fra the deith mare for admiracion and loving of vertew than ony iust merit of the caus
1562-3 Winȝet I. 4/33.
Bot quhidder sal we begin ȝour commendation and louing at ȝour haly lyfes, or at ȝoure helthful doctrine
1558-66 Knox II. 83. a1586 Maitland Ho. Seytoun 40.
As the lyk … ar writtin in vther histories in commendatioun and loving of the doaris thairof
(b) c1552 Lynd. Mon. 290.
Tyll his heych honour and loude louyng
1551 Hamilton Cat.63.
Thai that brekis thair … vow quhilk … mycht be kepit to the louing of God
1562-3 Winȝet II. 51/8.
Quha may dewlie expres the louing of his eloquence?
1567 G. Ball. 55.
Followis of the greit louing and blyithnes of Goddis Word
1505 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I. 102.(c) a1400 Leg. S. iii. 1138.
Men mycht say mekile thinge Of sancte Andrew in lowinge
Ib. xii. 344.
Tho I na-thynge Spek forthire her of his lowynge
Ib. vi. 69, xxv. 125, xxxiii. 678. c1420 Wynt. iv. Prol. 46.
Till hyr suete wyrgynyte This tretys I commend … That all redwne in hyr lowyng
Ib. v. 4924.
[He] gert stryk all downe Kwthlys that in devotyoune Carlys oysyd … In lowyn [C. loffynge] off fals mawmentrys
Ib. 5666. a1450 Fifteen Ois 323.
That my hart ay lestand be Into thi lowing
a1538 Abell 24 b.
Philo ane Jow … wrait monye thingis lowing of Christin men
1533 Gau 22/3. 1533 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 64 (= Reg. Great S. 286/2). 1554 Holyrood Chart. 291. 1584-9 Maxwall Commonpl. Bk. fol. 7 a.
In te Domine I confyde … Of thy lowinge mot be my talk
b (a) 1375 Barb. vi. 283.
Now demys quhethir mair lovyng Suld Tedeus haf or the King
Ib. xii. 124.
Swa suld thai … Leis ane part of their lovyng
Ib. xvi. 531, 534.
It is weill worth … That thar namys … Be lestand ay furth in lovyng, Quhare he that is of hevyn the King Bring thame … till hevynnis blis Quhar alway lestand loving is
Ib. iv. 550, vi. 326. c1420 Wynt. viii. 4102.
For he yharnyd oure the lave Off lordschype lovyn for till have
c1450-2 Howlat 568.
Tharfor the lyoun he bure with loving and lois
1456 Hay I. 296/6.
For quhat loving war it till hym to governe wele othir men and mak a fule of him self?
Ib. II. 4/21.
A … knycht … had optenyt grete honour and glore and victorius loving
Ib. 81/18.
Gift gevyn to thame that na myster has requiris nocht thank na loving of vertewe
Ib. 148/15. a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 208 (see Laureat v. 1). c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 24/26.
Ony … sufferance of pane … [must] be gud wele done in the honour of God, nocht for the hele of thi persone na loving of the warld
c1490 Porteous Noblenes 175/11 (Asl.).
He that has na honour … his loving perisis and gud name levis him
Ib. 172/11, 176/28. c1515 Asl. MS. I. 183/31.
Be thi gyding [thou] cummis to hie loving
1513 Doug. xii. vi. 30.
Nane knew … quha wrocht had to the Rutilianys Sa gret wirschip and lovyng
Ib. xiii. xi. 55.
I sall alsso heich ony of hys kyn Quhilk … do wyn Perpetuall lovyng [v.rr. lovingis] by dedis honorabill
1531 Bell. Boece II. 97.
The samin houre that victore fell to Scottis, he … gart thaim gif the loving thairof to God
Ib. I. cvi. 1535 Stewart 59629.
The Inglismen wes maid oftast to faill, Quhairof the Scottis gat the loving haill
15.. Clar. v. 884.
Thus, sall his regall stok and his ofspring Have of thair nobill progenitours loving
(b) c1490 Porteous Noblenes 93 (Ch. & M.).
The way of louynge [Asl. loving] peas & sufficience
1533 Bell. Livy I. 39/18.
Of the deith & louing of Romulus
1549 Compl. 133/15.
Therefor, quhen ve commit no traison, our ignorance [of the means] deseruis mair louyng nor dois our prudens
1551 Hamilton Cat. 167.
Do gud, and thow sal have louing of it
1567 G. Ball. 129. (c 1580) ?1438 Alex. i. 2480, ii. 7224.
Lat thy louing thair remaine Thy promeis to fulfill
(c) a1400 Leg. S. xxvii. 27.
[He is] haldine thar in gret lowing
Ib. l. 304.
Scho … prayt hyme … To gif hir grace swa for to do, That it mycht lowing be hyme to
c1420 Wynt. viii. 6704.
Young men that yarnyt to wyn lowyng
?1438 Alex. ii. 5806.
Gif it na war hope and winning Come neuer ȝit ȝong man to lowing
1533 Gau 21/30.
And desir noth thy aune gloir na lowine that God ma alanerlie be lowit
a1538 Abell 50 a.
He … said gife Gregoir to his lowing & fame fed all the pepill we ma nocht do that
Ib. 115 b.
Quharfor thai cetyneris gat gret lowin & merit
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxxviii. 104.
Quhane as thai talk of ony thing All tendis to thair awin lowing
c (1) a1400 Leg. S. vi. 62.
Of ilke man but abade Ane lowynge in hir myrth scho mad [L. unumquemque laude aliqua commendabat]
1560 Rolland Seven S. Title-p., 6 (see Laud n.1 1 c).
Ane louing
Ib. 2712.(2) 1456 Hay II. 6/6.
He maid his secrete orisoun, ȝeldand gracis and lovingis to Almychty God
1490 Irland Mir. I. 164/16.
I maid … twa lovingis and laudaciounis in metir, ane in the honour of the … virgin, [etc.]
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxv. 58.
Aue Maria … With lovingis lowde ellevyn
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 73.
Na lovyngis ma do incres thy fame, Nor na reproche dymynew thy gud name
1533 Bell. Livy II. 72/15.
[They praised him] with mony vthir nocht vnwourthy lovingis
1533 Boece v. v. 174 b.
Eftir thir and vthir grete lovingis of Lucius to the Emprioure and senatouris
a1568 Scott xxxvi. 36.
Quhen all my febill bonis efeir Sall gif Thé lovingis hie
1587-99 Hume 18/32.
The maiestie of God was praisd with louings loud on hight
1721 N. Bailey Univ. Etym. Eng. Dict.]
[Lovingis, praises, Scotch

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