Jealousy and distrust are the bane of friendship, whose essence is esteem and affiance.
Thus he pledged his faith, and the Duke accepted his affiance.
He is a traitor to affiance and abuse to employment, and a rule of villainy in a plot of mischief.
The young Duke of Hamilton was, however, the successful one; and the pledge of affiance passed mutually.
Their notion of the real meaning of the period of affiance commended itself entirely to his lofty sentiments.
William made use of Haralds compulsory sojourn to make him swear allegiance to him, and affiance him to his daughter.
In the words of the old church service, “her soul must ever have affiance in God.”
It is not well done for a king to affiance himself to one woman when he already has another for his wife.
That attachment and affiance, which ought to subsist between the dependant and his protector, are destroyed.
For nothing that man can give would I have you doubt my faith and affiance.
1520s, "to promise," from Old French afiancier "to pledge, promise, give one's word," from afiance (n.) "confidence, trust," from afier "to trust," from Late Latin affidare, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + fidare "to trust," from fidus (see affidavit). From mid-16c. especially "to promise in marriage." Related: Affianced; affiancing.