Af*fi"ance (#), n. [OE. afiaunce trust, confidence, OF. afiance, fr. afier to trust, fr. LL. affidare to trust; ad + fidare to trust, fr. L. fides faith. See Faith, and cf. Affidavit, Affy, Confidence.]

1.

Plighted faith; marriage contract or promise.

2.

Trust; reliance; faith; confidence.

Such feelings promptly yielded to his habitual affiance in the divine love. Sir J. Stephen.

Lancelot, my Lancelot, thou in whom I have Most joy and most affiance. Tennyson.

 

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Af*fi"ance, v. t. [imp. p. p. Affianced (#); p. pr. vb. n. Affiancing (#).] [Cf. OF. afiancier, fr. afiance.]

1.

To betroth; to pledge one's faith to for marriage, or solemnly promise (one's self or another) in marriage.

To me, sad maid, he was affianced. Spenser.

2.

To assure by promise.

[Obs.]

Pope.

 

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