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verb (used without object)
  1. to protest.
  2. to make supplication; beseech.

Origin of obtest

1540–50; < Latin obtestārī, equivalent to ob- ob- + test(is) a witness + -ārī infinitive suffix
Related formsob·tes·ta·tion, noun
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verb rare
  1. (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to beg (someone) earnestly
  2. (when tr, takes a clause as object; when intr, may be foll by with or against) to object; protest
  3. (tr) to call (a supernatural power) to witness
Derived Formsobtestation, noun

Word Origin for obtest

C16: from Latin obtestārī to protest, from ob- to + testārī to bear or call as witness
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