[shoor-i-tee, shoor-tee, shur-i-tee, shur-tee]
noun, plural sureties.
security against loss or damage or for the fulfillment of an obligation, the payment of a debt, etc.; a pledge, guaranty, or bond.
a person who has made himself or herself responsible for another, as a sponsor, godparent, or bondsman.
the state or quality of being sure.
something that makes sure; ground of confidence or safety.
a person who is legally responsible for the debt, default, or delinquency of another.
assurance, especially self-assurance.

1300–50; Middle English surte < Middle French; Old French seurte < Latin sēcūritāt-, stem of sēcūritās security

oversurety, noun
subsurety, noun, plural subsureties. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
surety (ˈʃʊətɪ, ˈʃʊərɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  a person who assumes legal responsibility for the fulfilment of another's debt or obligation and himself becomes liable if the other defaults
2.  security given against loss or damage or as a guarantee that an obligation will be met
3.  obsolete the quality or condition of being sure
4.  obsolete a means of assurance or safety
5.  stand surety to act as a surety
[C14: from Old French seurte, from Latin sēcūritāssecurity]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. seurté, from L. securitatem (nom. securitas) "freedom from care or danger, safety, security," from securus (see secure). Until 1966, the Fr. national criminal police department was the Sûreté nationale.
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Bible Dictionary

Surety definition

one who becomes responsible for another. Christ is the surety of the better covenant (Heb. 7:22). In him we have the assurance that all its provisions will be fully and faithfully carried out. Solomon warns against incautiously becoming security for another (Prov. 6:1-5; 11:15; 17:18; 20:16).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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