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- n. Plural form of paynym.
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As for the paynyms, they were tofore the Incarnacyon of Cryst whiche were named, the fyrst Hector of Troye; the second Alysaunder the grete, and the thyrd Julyus Cezar, Emperour of Rome, of whome thystoryes ben wel kno and had.
That is to wete thre paynyms, three Jewes, and three crysten men.