covenanting


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cov·e·nant

 (kŭv′ə-nənt)
n.
1. A binding agreement; a compact. See Synonyms at agreement.
2. Law
a. A condition in a contract such as a deed or lease, nonperformance or violation of which gives rise to a cause of action for breach.
b. A contract.
3. In the Bible, a divine promise establishing or modifying God's relationship to humanity or to a particular group.
4. One of the agreements supported by a Covenanter.
v. cov·e·nant·ed, cov·e·nant·ing, cov·e·nants
v.tr.
To promise by a covenant.
v.intr.
To enter into a covenant.

[Middle English, from Old French, from present participle of convenir, to agree; see convene.]

cov′e·nant′al (-năn′tl) adj.
cov′e·nant′al·ly adv.
References in classic literature ?
Carlyle viewed pleasure and merely esthetic art with the contempt of the Scottish Covenanting fanatics, refusing even to read poetry like that of Keats; and his insistence on moral meanings led him to equal intolerance of such story-tellers as Scott.
The tenancy of Mr Pancks was limited to one airy bedroom; he covenanting and agreeing with Mr Rugg his landlord, that in consideration of a certain scale of payments accurately defined, and on certain verbal notice duly given, he should be at liberty to elect to share the Sunday breakfast, dinner, tea, or supper, or each or any or all of those repasts or meals of Mr and Miss Rugg (his daughter) in the back-parlour.