To swear the peace against one
Swear Swear, v. t. 1. To utter or affirm with a solemn appeal to God for the truth of the declaration; to make (a promise, threat, or resolve) under oath. [1913 Webster]

Swear unto me here by God, that thou wilt not deal falsely with me. --Gen. xxi. 23. [1913 Webster]

He swore consent to your succession. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) To put to an oath; to cause to take an oath; to administer an oath to; -- ofetn followed by in or into; as, to swear witnesses; to swear a jury; to swear in an officer; he was sworn into office. [1913 Webster]

3. To declare or charge upon oath; as, he swore treason against his friend. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

4. To appeal to by an oath. [1913 Webster]

Now, by Apollo, king, Thou swear'st thy gods in vain. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To swear the peace against one}, to make oath that one is under the actual fear of death or bodily harm from the person, in which case the person must find sureties that he will keep the peace. [1913 Webster]


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