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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-fahy-uh ns]
    • /əˈfaɪ əns/
    • /ə.ˈfaɪəns/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-fahy-uh ns]
    • /əˈfaɪ əns/

Definitions of affiance word

  • verb affiance to bind (a person or oneself) in a promise of marriage; betroth 3
  • noun affiance a solemn pledge, esp a marriage contract 3
  • noun affiance trust or faith 3
  • noun affiance a plighting of faith; promise of marriage; betrothal 3
  • verb transitive affiance to pledge, esp. in marriage; betroth 3
  • verb with object affiance to pledge by promise of marriage; betroth. 1

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Origin of affiance

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French afiance, equivalent to afi(er) to pledge faith, declare on oath, betroth (< Medieval Latin affīdāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + *fīdāre, for Latin fīdere to trust; see confide) + -ance -ance

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Parts of speech for Affiance


affiance popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 61% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 50% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

affiance usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for affiance

verb affiance

  • bind — If something binds people together, it makes them feel as if they are all part of the same group or have something in common.
  • contract — A contract is a legal agreement, usually between two companies or between an employer and employee, which involves doing work for a stated sum of money.
  • vow — a solemn promise, pledge, or personal commitment: marriage vows; a vow of secrecy.
  • promise — a declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc., by one: unkept political promises.
  • commit — If someone commits a crime or a sin, they do something illegal or bad.

noun affiance

  • pact — an agreement, covenant, or compact: We made a pact not to argue any more.
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  • commitment — Commitment is a strong belief in an idea or system.
  • agreement — An agreement is a formal decision about future action which is made by two or more countries, groups, or people.
  • obligation — something by which a person is bound or obliged to do certain things, and which arises out of a sense of duty or results from custom, law, etc.

Antonyms for affiance

verb affiance

  • release — to lease again.
  • reject — to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.: to reject the offer of a better job.
  • divorce — a divorced man.
  • break off — If part of something breaks off or if you break it off, it comes off or is removed by force.
  • leave — to go out of or away from, as a place: to leave the house.

noun affiance

  • denial — A denial of something is a statement that it is not true, does not exist, or did not happen.
  • hopelessness — providing no hope; beyond optimism or hope; desperate: a hopeless case of cancer.
  • impossibility — condition or quality of being impossible.
  • disagreement — the act, state, or fact of disagreeing.
  • breach — If you breach an agreement, a law, or a promise, you break it.

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