Solemn League and Covenant
League League (l[=e]g), n. [F. ligue, LL. liga, fr. L. ligare to bind; cf. Sp. liga. Cf. {Ally} a confederate, {Ligature}.] 1. An alliance or combination of two or more nations, parties, organizations, or persons, for the accomplishment of a purpose which requires a continued course of action, as for mutual defense, or for furtherance of commercial, religious, or political interests, etc. [1913 Webster]

And let there be 'Twixt us and them no league, nor amity. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically: (Sports) An association of sports teams that establishes rules of play, decides questions of membership in the league, and organizes matches between the member teams. In some cases a sports league is called a {conference}, as in the {National Football Conference}. [PJC]

Note: A league may be offensive or defensive, or both; offensive, when the parties agree to unite in attacking a common enemy; defensive, when they agree to a mutual defense of each other against an enemy. [1913 Webster]

{The Holy League}, an alliance of Roman Catholics formed in 1576 by influence of the Duke of Guise for the exclusion of Protestants from the throne of France.

{Solemn League and Covenant}. See {Covenant},2.

{The land league}, an association, organized in Dublin in 1879, to promote the interests of the Irish tenantry, its avowed objects being to secure fixity of tenure, fair rent, and free sale of the tenants' interest. It was declared illegal by Parliament, but vigorous prosecutions have failed to suppress it.

Syn: Alliance; confederacy; confederation; coalition; combination; compact; co["o]peration. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Solemn League and Covenant — Solemn Sol emn, a. [OE. solempne, OF. solempne, L. solemnis, solennis, sollemnis, sollennis; sollus all, entire + annus a year; properly, that takes place every year; used especially of religious solemnities. Cf. {Silly}, {Annual}.] 1. Marked… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Solemn League and Covenant — The Solemn League and Covenant was an agreement between the Scottish Covenanters and the leaders of the English Parliamentarians. It was agreed to in 1643, during the First English Civil War.The Protestant leaders of the embattled English… …   Wikipedia

  • Solemn League and Covenant — Gedenkstein an die Unterzeichnung der Solemn League and Covenant durch Karl II. Der Solemn League and Covenant war ein Abkommen, das während des Englischen Bürgerkrieges zwischen den schottischen Covenanters und Führern des englischen Parlamentes …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Solemn League and Covenant — an agreement (1643) between the parliaments of Scotland and England permitting the promotion of Presbyterianism in Scotland, England, and Ireland. Cf. National Covenant. * * * (1643) Agreement between the English and Scots in which the Scots… …   Universalium

  • Solemn League and Covenant — an agreement (1643) between the parliaments of Scotland and England permitting the promotion of Presbyterianism in Scotland, England, and Ireland. Cf. National Covenant …   Useful english dictionary

  • SOLEMN LEAGUE AND COVENANT —    See COVENANT, THE NATIONAL …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Solemn League and Covenant —  Торжественная Лига и Договор …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • COVENANT, SOLEMN LEAGUE AND —    an engagement, with representatives from Scotland, on the part of the English Parliament to secure to the Scotch the terms of their National Covenant, and signed by honourable members in St. Margaret s Church, Westminster, September 25, 1643,… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • LEAGUE AND COVENANT, SOLEMN —    See COVENANT, THE NATIONAL …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Covenant — Cov e*nant (k?v ? nant), n. [OF. covenant, fr. F. & OF. convenir to agree, L. convenire. See {Convene}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A mutual agreement of two or more persons or parties, or one of the stipulations in such an agreement. [1913 Webster] Then… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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