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Affiance

Af`fi´ance   Pronunciation: ăf`fī´anst
n.1.Plighted faith; marriage contract or promise.
2.Trust; reliance; faith; confidence.
Such feelings promptly yielded to his habitual affiance in the divine love.
- Sir J. Stephen.
Lancelot, my Lancelot, thou in whom I have
Most joy and most affiance.
- Tennyson.
v. t.1.To betroth; to pledge one's faith to for marriage, or solemnly promise (one's self or another) in marriage.
[imp. & p. p. affianced (ăf*fī"anst); p. pr. & vb. n. affiancing (ăf*fī"an*sĭng).]
To me, sad maid, he was affianced.
- Spenser.
2.To assure by promise.
Verb1.affiance - give to in marriage
Synonyms: betroth, plight, engage

AFFIANCE, contracts. From affidare or dare fidem, to give a pledge. A plighting of troth between a man and woman. Litt. s. 39. Pothier, Traite du Mariage, n. 24, defines it to be a an agreement by which a man and a woman promise each other that they will marry together. This word is used by some authors as synonymous with marriage. Co. Litt. 34, a, note 2. See Dig. 23, 1 Code 5, 1, 4; Extrav. 4, 1.

betroth, engage, plight, vow
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