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Protestation, 1) a solemn declaration: “here is a coil with p.” Gent. I, 2, 99. (letters) “stuffed with --s,” IV, 4, 133. “but to your p.; let me hear what you profess,” Wint. IV, 4, 379. “I have no cunning in p.” H5 V, 2, 150.
2) a solemn promise, a vow: “each present lord began to promise aid; but she . . . the p. stops,” Lucr. 1700. “and to his p. urged the rest, who, wondering at him, did his words allow,” Lucr. 1700 “I can but say their p. over,” LLL I, 1, 33. “upon his many --s to marry me . . . he won me,” All's V, 3, 139. “be thou true, say I, to fashion in my sequent p.” Troil. IV, 4, 68.
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