I’m trying to track down the first printed use of the word technique in English. Can anyone tell me the name, author, and date of the publication in question? It would be especially valuable, on top of that, to have an excerpted passage containing the word, in order to infer its intended meaning from its context.
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The OED may have something earlier.
A moche profitable treatise against the pestilence translated into Eglyshe by Thomas Paynel Chanon of Martin Abbey. [Londini : In aedibus Thomae Bertheleti regii impressoris], 1534.
I'm not sure if this is correct, as I currently can't access the full text of this publication, link to Early English Books Online search result see below: