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- n. A pact, an agreement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An agreement; a compact; a bargain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A compact, agreement, or contract.
- n. Specifically In international law, a contract between nations which is to be performed by a single act, and of which execution is at an end at once.
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Now, this I hold to be a breach of the paction betwixt us, by which — that is, by that which
I have made this paction and covenant with my appetite, that it always lieth down and goes to bed with myself, for to that I every day give very good order; then the next morning it also riseth with me and gets up when I am awake.
But such faithfulness in God's matters is not now, alas! to be expected; seeing this church has made a formal concert, or mutual paction, binding up one another from preaching against, and applying their doctrines to the sins, corruptions and scandals of the times: see
On further examination the girl admitted that she, as well as her mother and brother, had a paction with Satan.
Having entered into a paction with Satan, they did divers acts of wickedness, for which they were tried before Commissioners of
The Cherokees held abundance of territory from nature, and with little injury to themselves could spare a share of it; but reason and justice required that it be obtained by paction or agreement.
“History” Knox “cannot certainly say whether there was any secret paction and confederacy between the Queen herself and Huntly.”
Many believed that, having ventured to enter a consecrated building, contrary to his paction with the Evil One, he had been bodily carried off while on his return to his cottage; but most are of opinion that he only disappeared for a season, and continues to be seen from time to time among the hills.
Now that he had, as she thought, made his confession and promised restitution, it was perhaps the natural product of her conflicting thoughts and feelings that she should trust to his oft-repeated vows, and make the paction with him.
Thus the supposed paction between a witch and the demon was perhaps deemed in itself to have terrors enough to prevent its becoming an ordinary crime, and was not, therefore, visited with any statutory penalty.