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 Ado’nists.Adoption Controversy. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Adoption by arms. An ancient custom of giving arms to a person of merit, which laid him under the obligation of being your champion and defender.   1
   Adoption by baptism. Being godfather or godmother to a child. The child by baptism is your god-child.   2
   Adoption by hair. Cutting off your hair, and giving it to a person in proof that you receive him as your adopted father. Thus Bo’son, King of Arles, cut off his hair and gave it to Pope John VIII., who adopted him.   3

 Ado’nists.Adoption Controversy. 


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