(Be*tray"ment) n. Betrayal. [R.] Udall.
(Be*trim") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Betrimmed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Betrimming.] To set in order; to
adorn; to deck, to embellish; to trim. Shak.
(Be*troth") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Betrothed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Betrothing.] [Pref. be- + troth, i.
e., truth. See Truth.]
1. To contract to any one for a marriage; to engage or promise in order to marriage; to affiance; used
esp. of a woman.
He, in the first flower of my freshest age,
Betrothed me unto the only heir.
Ay, and we are betrothed.
2. To promise to take (as a future spouse); to plight one's troth to.
What man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her?
Deut. xx. 7.
3. To nominate to a bishopric, in order to consecration. Ayliffe.
(Be*troth"al) n. The act of betrothing, or the fact of being betrothed; a mutual promise, engagement,
or contract for a future marriage between the persons betrothed; betrothment; affiance. "The feast of
(Be*troth"ment) n. The act of betrothing, or the state of being betrothed; betrothal.
(Be*trust") v. t. To trust or intrust. [Obs.]
(Be*trust"ment) n. The act of intrusting, or the thing intrusted. [Obs.] Chipman.
(||Bet"so) n. [It. bezzo.] A small brass Venetian coin. [Obs.]
(Bet"ter) a.; compar. of Good. [OE. betere, bettre, and as adv. bet, AS. betera, adj., and bet,
adv.; akin to Icel. betri, adj., betr, adv., Goth. batiza, adj., OHG. bezziro, adj., baz, adv., G. besser,
adj. and adv., bass, adv., E. boot, and prob. to Skr. bhadra excellent. See Boot advantage, and cf.
1. Having good qualities in a greater degree than another; as, a better man; a better physician; a better
house; a better air.
Could make the worse appear
The better reason.
2. Preferable in regard to rank, value, use, fitness, acceptableness, safety, or in any other respect.
To obey is better than sacrifice.
1 Sam. xv. 22.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
Ps. cxviii. 9.
3. Greater in amount; larger; more.
4. Improved in health; less affected with disease; as, the patient is better.
5. More advanced; more perfect; as, upon better acquaintance; a better knowledge of the subject.