A growing assortment of words and definitions used in the Early Modern era. See the Guide for more information.
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(1) To go beyond the bounds (literally) , or (figuratively) to be excessive; to put out of bounds, expel. (2) An old form of outrage, in its various uses. (5) From the 17th century, to flash out as a ray; to excel in radiance. Thus Edward Benlowes in THEOPHILA (1652) has: Thou outray'st all diamonds of the skies. Chaucer uses the word in the first sense, in his BOETHIUS (1374) : They ne sholden not owtrayen or forlyven from the vertues of hyr noble kynrede.
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