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noun Archaic.
  1. a person who causes contention or discord.
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Origin of makebate

1520–30; make1 + bate contention, discord (Middle English, derivative of baten to fight, strive; see bate2)
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  • Barillon was therefore directed to act, with all possible precautions against detection, the part of a makebate.

    The History of England from the Accession of James II.

    Thomas Babington Macaulay

  • Makebate (IP315,d), busybody, breeder of strife "a discordant element."

  • But after all he pays well that pays with gold; and Mike Lambourne was never a makebate, or a spoil-sport, or the like.


    Sir Walter Scott