surety

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surety

1. a person who assumes legal responsibility for the fulfilment of another's debt or obligation and himself becomes liable if the other defaults
2. security given against loss or damage or as a guarantee that an obligation will be met
3. stand surety to act as a surety

surety

A person or organization who, for a consideration, promises in writing to make good the debt or default of another.
References in classic literature ?
Let us try the floor above, and the towers; for of a surety they have not come this way.
The Book may be found elsewhere, adorned, embellished, tricked out in silk and satin and brocade, but here, of a surety, dwelt the spirit of the Book.
If they owed a duty to Betty Higden, of a surety that duty must be done.