Yet it is not just the acts of brutality that compel his attention: it is the ways in which they are licenced by authority.
The play was licenced in October 1592; but of a first edition, not purporting to be amended, no copy has been yet found.
After he was licenced, they sent him at first to preach in Annandale.
But you played for gain, and that was a licenced thieving; and that was a backsliding; and there will have to be a climbing up.
Barto passed the gates as one of the licenced English family.
You auctioneers are licenced gentlemen, and you do exaggerate a little sometimes.
The hunters rarely climbed up to it, and their wild and licenced converse was unheard for the time.
With us, no shop-boy or apprentice would take his sweetheart to a public hop at any of the licenced music-houses.
mid-14c., "liberty (to do something), leave," from Old French licence "freedom, liberty, power, possibility; permission," (12c.), from Latin licentia "freedom, liberty, license," from licentem (nominative licens). present participle of licere "to be allowed, be lawful," from PIE root *leik- "to offer, bargain" (cf. Lettish likstu "I come to terms"). Meaning "formal (usually written) permission from authority to do something" (marry, hunt, drive, etc.) is first attested early 15c. Meaning "excessive liberty, disregard of propriety" is from mid-15c. No etymological justification for the spelling with -s-; attempts to confine license to verbal use and licence to noun use (cf. advise/advice, devise/device) seem to have failed.
c.1400, "grant formal authorization," from license (n.). Related: Licenced; Licencing.