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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).

INTROMIT, v. Also intromet(e), -mett, -mitt and intermit.

1. Sc. Law: to handle or deal with funds or property, esp. of another person living or dead, with or without legal authority (Sc. 1782 J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 211, 1946 A. D. Gibb Legal Terms 45). Gen. followed by with.Sc. 1700 Rec. Conv. Burghs (1880) 312:
To intromet with, uplift, ask, creave, and receave the saids dewties.
Ags. 1728 Arbroath T.C. Rec. MS. (12 Dec.):
The muck on the high Street and kirk wynd and horners wynd was put to roup for on year and the same was caryed by Alexander Ouchterlouny . . . and he has liberty to Intromet therwith to morou.
Abd. 1740 Monymusk Papers (S.H.S.) 222:
The said Sir Archibald being himself to intromit with the kains and casualties of the estate.
Sc. 1880 J. Skelton Crookit Meg 22:
Though the defender had only intromittit wi' a little timber bed and a pint stoup which pertained to the defunct, yet was she liable as Universal Intromissatrix.

Hence intromitter, -or, -metter (fem. form intromissatrix), one who intromits with another's funds or property (Sc. 1808 Jam., 1946 A. D. Gibb Legal Terms 45). Phr. vitious intromitter, one who intromits without authority. Cf. Intromission.Ayr. 1706 Arch. & Hist. Coll. IV. 212, 222:
Issobell Howie . . . universall intromissatrix with the goodes and gear of the said umquhile Andrew Neilson . . . and as intrometter with his goodes.
Sc. 1747 Nairne Peerage Evid. (1874) 149:
Universal and vitious intromitters with his goods and gear.
Sc. 1824 Scott Redgauntlet Letter ix.:
I trust you will not hold me accountable as a vitious intromitter, should I be still occasionally interested in your welfare.
Sc. 1956 Sc. Daily Mail (18 Oct.):
A daughter calls her 60-year-old mother a “vicious intromitter” and accuses her of having meddled with her father's estate without authority, in a debt action at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

2. To have to do with, consort, intermeddle or interfere with (Abd., Ags., Fif. 1958). Now obs. in Eng.Sc. 1819 Scott Leg. Montrose xiii.:
The animal creation are incensed against those who intromit with their offspring forcibly, much more any rational and christian creature.
Ayr. 1822 Galt Sir A. Wylie lxxxvii.:
Gin ye'll promise to intermit with us, just in the way of pat-luck, we'll get it roasted.
Mry. 1828 J. Ruddiman Tales 191:
It spoke in a sort of metre — — for a' out-o'-the-way creatures intromit wi' that unprofitable art of poem-making.
Abd. 1875 G. Macdonald Malcolm III. xv.:
Div ye tell me 'at Jean was intromittin' wi' thae drawers?

[O.Sc. intromit, -met, in above meanings, from 1444, intromittour, 1472, intromissatrix, 1562; Lat. intromittere, to interfere with (the property of) another.]

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