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- male engyn (12th - 15th centuries)
- (archaic) Evil intent, bad intention; fraud, deceit.
- 1470–1485 (date produced), Thomas Malory, “Capitulum quintum”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book XVIII (in Middle English), [London: […] by William Caxton], published 31 July 1485, →OCLC, leaf 367, recto; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur […], London: David Nutt, […], 1889, →OCLC, page 733, lines 15–16:
- for I dar ſaye / for good loue ſhe bad vs to dyner / and not for no male engyne /
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- 1641 May, John Milton, Of Reformation Touching Church-Discipline in England: And the Cavvses that hitherto have Hindred it; republished as Will Taliaferro Hale, editor, Of Reformation Touching Church-Discipline in England (Yale Studies in English; LIV), New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1916, →OCLC, 1st book, page 11:
- […] for when the Protectors Brother, Lord Sudley, the Admirall through private malice and mal-engine was to lose his life, no man could bee found fitter than Bishop Latimer […] to divulge in his Sermon the forged Accusations laid to his charge […].