proof (n.) Old form(s): proofe, proofes
evidence, demonstration, testimony
1H6 V.iii.8[Pucelle alone, of the arrival of the spirits] This speedy and quick appearance argues proof / Of your accustomed diligence to me
H8 II.i.16[First Gentleman to Second Gentleman, of the King's attorney] Urged on the examinations, proofs, confessions, / Of divers witnesses
JC II.i.299[Portia to Brutus] I have made strong proof of my constancy
KL II.iii.13[Edgar alone] The country gives me proof and precedent / Of Bedlam beggars
MA II.i.166[Claudio alone, of loyalty losing out to love] This is an accident of hourly proof
TN III.iv.259[Fabian to Viola as Cesario, of Sir Andrew] Nothing of that wonderful promise, to read him by his form, as you are like to find him in the proof of his valour
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