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affiance

[uh-fahy-uh ns] /əˈfaɪ əns/
verb (used with object), affianced, affiancing.
1.
to pledge by promise of marriage; betroth.
noun, Archaic.
2.
a pledging of faith, as a marriage contract.
3.
trust; confidence; reliance.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French afiance, equivalent to afi(er) to pledge faith, declare on oath, betroth (< Medieval Latin affīdāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + *fīdāre, for Latin fīdere to trust; see confide) + -ance -ance
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  • Therefore, they go more courageously to their business as having a trust and affiance in such overseers.
British Dictionary definitions for affiance

affiance

/əˈfaɪəns/
verb
1.
(transitive) to bind (a person or oneself) in a promise of marriage; betroth
noun
2.
(archaic) a solemn pledge, esp a marriage contract
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin affīdāre to trust (oneself) to, from fīdāre to trust, from fīdus faithful
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Word Origin and History for affiance
v.

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.

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