1622, Francis Bacon, The History of the Reign of King Henry the Seventh, page 1:
After that Richard, the third of that name, king in fact only, but tyrant both in title and regiment Patrono:... was Patrono:... overthrown and slain at Bosworth Field; there succeeded in the kingdom Patrono:... Henry the Seventh.</span>
(obsolete except in set phrases) A wrongful or criminal deed.
1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ix:
She was empassiond at that piteous act, / With zelous enuy of Greekes cruell fact, / Against that nation [...].
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