contesseration

contesseration

(kənˌtɛsəˈreɪʃən)
n
obsolete the act of forging a friendship or union

Contesseration

 a contract of friendship signified by a tessera, or symbol of the relationship—Wilkes.
Example: contesseration of elegances, 1671.
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After more than a quarter century in which, for many, the highest kind of cultural historical writing in this field has been an opus sectile or artful contesseration of minute fragments of texts of various provenance, a reminder of the demands and delights of sustained critical reading may itself have therapeutic value.