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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Definitions for obtest

  1. To supplicate earnestly; beseech.
  2. To invoke as witness.
  3. To protest.

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Citations for obtest
I constrain, adjure, obtest and strongly command you. Sir Walter Scott, Guy Mannering
And whosoever she be, even with the form of words which to miserable wretches is granted most exaudible, I pray, and do with those prayers most heartily obtest, which are in the ears of the hearers of them most effectual, that she may never taste of such bitter miseries. Giovanni Boccaccio, Amorous Fiametta
Origin of obtest
1540-1550
Obtest comes from the Latin roots ob-, a prefix meaning "toward", and the root test, meaning "witness."