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[shoo r-i-tee, shoo r-tee, shur-i-tee, shur-tee] /ˈʃʊər ɪ ti, ˈʃʊər ti, ˈʃɜr ɪ ti, ˈʃɜr ti/
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.
Origin of surety
1300-50; Middle English surte < Middle French; Old French seurte < Latin sēcūritāt-, stem of sēcūritās security
Related forms
oversurety, noun
subsurety, noun, plural subsureties. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for surety
  • The speed and surety of e-mail rejection letters is admirable.
  • Although it is impossible to say with surety why or how a religion or a race takes a certain direction, one can attempt a theory.
  • But there is no surety to the fact that two dimensions can exactly define a location.
  • But the fact that the effort is earnest is no surety of its success.
  • Because surety in our own judgments is part of being human.
  • Also, in contrast to our busy lives, they offer an oasis of security and surety.
  • But paying more may be a fair trade-off for more surety.
British Dictionary definitions for surety


/ˈʃʊətɪ; ˈʃʊərɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
a person who assumes legal responsibility for the fulfilment of another's debt or obligation and himself becomes liable if the other defaults
security given against loss or damage or as a guarantee that an obligation will be met
(obsolete) the quality or condition of being sure
(obsolete) a means of assurance or safety
stand surety, to act as a surety
Derived Forms
suretyship, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French seurte, from Latin sēcūritāssecurity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for surety

c.1300, from Old French seurté, from Latin securitatem (nominative securitas) "freedom from care or danger, safety, security," from securus (see secure). Until 1966, the French national criminal police department was the Sûreté nationale.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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surety in the Bible

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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