Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To supplicate; entreat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To call upon earnestly; entreat; conjure.
  • To beg for; supplicate.
  • To protest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb rare To protest.
  • transitive verb rare To call to witness; to invoke as a witness.
  • transitive verb rare To beseech; to supplicate; to beg for.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To implore, beseech, plead, beg.
  • verb To call on a witness (often God) to confirm that something is true.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin obtestārī : ob-, to; see ob– + testārī, to call as a witness (from testis, witness; see trei- in Indo-European roots).]

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  • I would love it if 'obtesty' was a legitimate word.

    December 23, 2010