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betroth


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Betroth  \Be*troth"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Betrothed};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Betrothing}.]  [Pref.  be-  +  troth,  i.  e.,  truth.  See 
  {Truth}.] 
  1.  To  contract  to  any  one  for  a  marriage;  to  engage  or 
  promise  in  order  to  marriage;  to  affiance;  --  used  esp.  of 
  a  woman. 
 
  He  in  the  first  flower  of  my  freshest  age, 
  Betrothed  me  unto  the  only  heir.  --Spenser. 
 
  Ay  and  we  are  betrothed.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  promise  to  take  (as  a  future  spouse);  to  plight  one's 
  troth  to 
 
  What  man  is  there  that  hath  betrothed  a  wife,  and 
  hath  not  taken  her?  --Deut.  xx  7. 
 
  3.  To  nominate  to  a  bishopric,  in  order  to  consecration. 
  --Ayliffe. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  betroth 
  v  :  give  to  in  marriage  [syn:  {engage},  {affiance},  {plight}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Betroth 
  to  promise  "by  one's  truth."  Men  and  women  were  betrothed  when 
  they  were  engaged  to  be  married.  This  usually  took  place  a  year 
  or  more  before  marriage.  From  the  time  of  betrothal  the  woman 
  was  regarded  as  the  lawful  wife  of  the  man  to  whom  she  was 
  betrothed  (Deut.  28:30;  Judg.  14:2,  8;  Matt.  1:18-21).  The  term 
  is  figuratively  employed  of  the  spiritual  connection  between  God 
  and  his  people  (Hos.  2:19,  20). 
 




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