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verb (used with object)
  1. to invoke as witness.

  2. to supplicate earnestly; beseech.

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

Other words from obtest

  • ob·tes·ta·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for obtest


/ (ɒbˈtɛst) /

  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

  1. (tr) to call (a supernatural power) to witness

Origin of obtest

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

Derived forms of obtest

  • obtestation, noun

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