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AFFIANCE, contracts. From affidare or dare fidem, to give a pledge. A plighting of troth between a man and woman. Litt. s. 39. Pothier, Traite du Mariage, n. 24, defines it to be a an agreement by which a man and a woman promise each other that they will marry together. This word is used by some authors as synonymous with marriage. Co. Litt. 34, a, note 2. See Dig. 23, 1 Code 5, 1, 4; Extrav. 4, 1.

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Victor once again flees back to Geneva, where he finally marries his fiancee (they had been affianced since before he left for medical studies in Ingolstadt); but his creature makes good on his revenge-filled threats by killing his wife on her wedding night.
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A woman is seen to be quite capable of attaining a fortune using her own skills, as Martha makes clear, and yet this is not her ambition; she actually wants to "get married and have ten children" (25)--and her affianced, Michael, doesn't seem to promise much in the way of gaining a fortune.
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The art world has affianced itself with Gandhi in such quirky fashions for as long as one can remember.
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