(obsolete) To connect or unite by alliance; to ally.
1.the act of allying or state of being allied.
2.a formal agreement or treaty between two or more nations to cooperate for specific purposes.
3.a merging of efforts or interests by persons, families, states, or organizations, an alliance between church and state.
4.the persons or entities so allied.
5.marriage or the relationship created by marriage between the families of the spouses.
6.correspondence in basic characteristics; affinity, the alliance between logic and metaphysics.
1.a city in NE Ohio.
1. the act of allying or state of being allied; union; confederation
2. a formal agreement or pact, esp a military one, between two or more countries to achieve a particular aim
3. the countries involved in such an agreement
4. a union between families through marriage
5. affinity or correspondence in qualities or characteristics
6. (botany) a taxonomic category consisting of a group of related families; subclass Word OriginC13, from Old French aliance, from alier to ally Alliance /əˈlaɪəns/ noun (in Britain)
1.the Alliance, the Social Democratic Party and the Liberal Party acting or regarded as a political entity from 1981 to 1988 (as modifier), an Alliance candidate Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
c.1300, "bond of marriage" (between ruling houses or noble families), from Old French aliance (12c., Modern French alliance) "alliance, bond; marriage, union," from aliier (Modern French allier) "combine, unite" (see ally (v.)). As a bond or treaty between rulers, late 14c.
There was reason to fear the Ancients, especially this Ancient, who seemed to have no alliance to anything good or bad and was so unpredictable.
There was little fertile land among the cliff-dominated territory, little at all he could see as being a reason to traverse the small territory let alone labor to build an alliance against it.
Bartered an alliance with one enemy and one previous ally?
By the tension between the two, their alliance was brittle at best.
Meanwhile the king had formed an alliance with Henry VII.
Hence for proof that their 1 Report of Proceedings, Third General Council of the Alliance of Reformed Churches, &c. (1884), pp. 373 seq.
She was early regarded as a useful medium for contracting an alliance with England, more necessary than ever to Portugal after the treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659 whereby Portugal was ostensibly abandoned by France.
What about alliances like NATO, the security alliance of North American and European nations created by a 1949 treaty—how does it fit this thesis of mine?
In Wrentham we caught echoes of what was happening in the world--war, alliance, social conflict.
"The Berlin cabinet cannot express a feeling of alliance," began Hippolyte gazing round with importance at the others, "without expressing... as in its last note... you understand...
And what is more, we find at one and the same time quite contradictory views as to what is bad and what is good in history: some people regard giving a constitution to Poland and forming the Holy Alliance as praiseworthy in Alexander, while others regard it as blameworthy.
If throughout his reign Napoleon gave commands concerning an invasion of England and expended on no other undertaking so much time and effort, and yet during his whole reign never once attempted to execute that design but undertook an expedition into Russia, with which country he considered it desirable to be in alliance (a conviction he repeatedly expressed)--this came about because his commands did not correspond to the course of events in the first case, but did so correspond in the latter.
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