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Word of the Day 7/20/14 Affiance

Affiance (verb, noun)
af·fi·ance [uh-fahy-uhns]


verb (used with object), af·fi·anced, af·fi·anc·ing.
1. to pledge by promise of marriage; betroth.

noun Archaic.
2. a pledging of faith, as a marriage contract.
3. trust; confidence; reliance.

Origin: 1300–50; 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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