- to invoke as witness.
- to supplicate earnestly; beseech.
- to protest.
- to make supplication; beseech.
Origin of obtest
1540–50; < Latin obtestārī, equivalent to ob- ob- + test(is) a witness + -ārī infinitive suffix
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Examples from the Web for obtest
Should we not obtest Heaven, and whatever justice there is yet on earth?
I obtest you, by all the torments of hell, that ye put not this offer away.
Oh, we obtest those 025broken window-panes whether it be not cruel to expose new furniture to such perils!
I obtest you by his own excellency, I obtest you by the joys of heaven, and the torments of hell, that you close with Him.
I obtest you by the glory of heaven, and by the crowns which believers put on His head, that ye slight not this offer.
- (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to beg (someone) earnestly
- (when tr, takes a clause as object; when intr, may be foll by with or against) to object; protest
- (tr) to call (a supernatural power) to witness
C16: from Latin obtestārī to protest, from ob- to + testārī to bear or call as witness
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