cognizance (n.) Old form(s): Cognisance
badge, sign, token
1H6 II.iv.108[Richard to Somerset] this pale and angry rose, / As cognizance of my blood-drinking hate
Cym II.iv.127[Posthumus to Philario, of Innogen] The cognizance of her incontinency / Is this
JC II.ii.89[Decius to Caesar] great men shall press / For tinctures, stains, relics, and cognizance [i.e. to show they are devotees]
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