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Synonyms for betroth

give to in marriage

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To proceed: as soon as Luscinda saw me she said, 'Cardenio, I am in my bridal dress, and the treacherous Don Fernando and my covetous father are waiting for me in the hall with the other witnesses, who shall be the witnesses of my death before they witness my betrothal.
Had not the betrothal of that memorable night been followed by the betrothal at the altar, by the vows before God
To it she had come back joyfully after all her absences; at its window she had knelt through that night of bitter agony when she believed Gilbert dying, and by it she had sat in speechless happiness the night of her betrothal.
Levin saw proofs of this in his dress, in the old-fashioned threadbare coat, obviously not his everyday attire, in his shrewd deep-set eyes, in his idiomatic, fluent Russian, in the imperious tone that had become habitual from long use, and in the resolute gestures of his large, red, sunburnt hands, with an old betrothal ring on the little finger.
Then he explained, aloud, what he knew of the little story of their betrothal.
Love was made on these occasions in the form of bracelets; and, on all occasions during the period of betrothal, took a manufacturing aspect.
Portrait miniatures were often given as gifts to commemorate betrothals, or as items of remembrance.
Third, in a society where betrothals were made at increasingly young ages (sometimes prenatally), a girl would often grow up with a consciousness that she was to he the wife of such-and-such a family.
Confusion reigns when servant Truffaldino finds himself working for two masters at the same time and having to cope with mistaken identities, betrothals and tangled relationships.
TV series such as "The Bachelor" have yielded several highly publicized ritual betrothals but no weddings.
Canon law, ius comune, and theological treatises provide the documentary basis for a history of institutions and juridical perspectives, while ecclesiastical investigations from the diocese of Florence capture interesting snapshots of informal betrothals and the family conflicts associated with them.
O'Hara does not deny the frequency of secret and private sexual relations between individuals, but argues convincingly that betrothals were not simply between individuals but part of a whole construct of kin and community.
Private betrothals, nocturnal weddings, and consummations of unions prior to official church nuptials were roundly condemned by the provincial Catholic council meeting in Reims in 1583, by the 1587 synodal statutes for the diocese of Orleans, and by the new ritual book for the diocese of Saint Brieu redacted in 1606.
The betrothals now executed in what is represented as "proper" form -- that is, the bride consents to a match arranged by another in the presence of family and friends at home -- the play should end.