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Surety, subst. 1) security, confidence of safety: “the wound of peace is s., s. secure,” Troil. II, 2, 14.
2) certainty: “but I, for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if for s.” Oth. I, 3, 396.
3) foundation of stability, support, trust: “what s. of the world, what hope, what stay, when this was now a king, and now is clay?” John V, 7, 68. “with s. stronger than Achilles' arm,” Troil. I, 3, 220.
4) confirmation, warrant, guarantee: “in s. of the which one part of Aquitaine is bound to us,” LLL II, 135. “she called the saints to s. that she would never put it from her finger,” All's V, 3, 108. “makest an oath the s. for thy truth against an oath,” John III, 1, 282. “givest such sarcenet s. for thy oaths,” H4A III, 1, 256. “he is a man who with a double s. binds his followers,” H4B I, 1, 191. “we'll take your oath . . . for s. of our leagues,” H5 V, 2, 400. “give me some token for the s. of it,” Troil. V, 2, 60.
5) bail; hostage: “I'll be his s.” Tp. I, 2, 475. “the Frenchman became his s.” Merch. I, 2, 89. V, 254. All's IV, 4, 3. “procure your --es for your days of answer,” R2 IV, 159. “let there be impawned some s. for a safe return again,” H4A IV, 3, 109. “the bastard boys of York shall be the s. for their father,” H6B V, 1, 116. “bane to those that for my s. will refuse the boys,” H6B V, 1, 116
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