asphalia  asphalia
 as-fay'-li-a Gk. "assurance, security"

Offering oneself as a guarantee, usually for another.
  After slaying Caesar, Brutus attempts to appease the upset Romans, concluding with this instance of asphalia:

With this I depart, that, as I
slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the
same dagger for myself, when it shall please my
country to need my death.
—Shakespeare, Julius Caesar 3.2.44-47


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