American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To supplicate; entreat.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- v. To implore, beseech, plead, beg.
- v. To call on a witness (often God) to confirm that something is true.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. rare To call to witness; to invoke as a witness.
- v. rare To beseech; to supplicate; to beg for.
- v. rare To protest.
- Latin obtestārī : ob-, to; see ob- + testārī, to call as a witness (from testis, witness; see trei- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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 blood He shed on the cross; I obtest you by the great drops of blood He shed in the garden, and by all the joys that are above the clouds in heaven, that ye put not this offer away.”
“I obtest you, by all the torments of hell, that ye put not this offer away.”
“I obtest you by the glory of heaven, and by the crowns which believers put on His head, that ye slight not this offer.”
“Here I obtest you, by what He hath purchased for sinners, and by what He has suffered, come and embrace Him.”
“I obtest heaven and earth, that in all places, and at all times, I have hitherto shoved by the gilded hand of corruption, and endeavoured to stem the torrent which threatens to overwhelm this land.”
“Wherefore the Presbytery cannot but, in testifying against them for their unfaithfulness, obtest all the lovers of truth, to beware of joining in this course of treachery, and apostasy from God and his covenanted cause.”
“Oh, we obtest those broken window-panes whether it be not _cruel_ to expose”
“I beseech you therefore and obtest you in the Lord, to make conscience of all rash and passionate oaths, of raging and avenging anger, of night-drinking, of bad company, of Sabbath-breaking, of hurting any under you by word or deed, of hurting your very enemies.”
“And quoth Allah (be He glorified and magnified!), 'And for scanty while of the night they take not gentle rest and at rising morn His pardon they obtest and their”
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