obtestation

obtest

[ob-test]
verb (used with object)
1.
to invoke as witness.
2.
to supplicate earnestly; beseech.
verb (used without object)
3.
to protest.
4.
to make supplication; beseech.

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin obtestārī, equivalent to ob- ob- + test(is) a witness + -ārī infinitive suffix

obtestation, noun
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obtest (ɒbˈtɛst)
 
vb (when tr, takes a clause as object; when intr, may be foll by with or against)
1.  (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to beg (someone) earnestly
2.  to object; protest
3.  (tr) to call (a supernatural power) to witness
 
[C16: from Latin obtestārī to protest, from ob- to + testārī to bear or call as witness]
 
obtes'tation
 
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