Corporal oath
Corporal Cor"po*ral (k[^o]r"p[-o]*ral), ||Corporale Cor`po*ra"le (-r?"l?), n. [LL. corporale: cf. F. corporal. See {Corporal},a.] A fine linen cloth, on which the sacred elements are consecrated in the eucharist, or with which they are covered; a communion cloth. [1913 Webster]

{Corporal oath}, a solemn oath; -- so called from the fact that it was the ancient usage for the party taking it to touch the corporal, or cloth that covered the consecrated elements. [1913 Webster]


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  • corporal oath — noun Etymology: corporal (II) : an oath solemnized by actually touching a sacred object (as the Bible) * * * corporal oath, an oath ratified by physically touching a sacred object, especially the Bible, as distinguished from a merely verbal oath …   Useful english dictionary

  • corporal oath — An oath, the external solemnity of which consists in laying one s hand upon the Holy Bible while the oath is administered to him. More generally, a solemn oath …   Black's law dictionary

  • corporal oath — An oath, the external solemnity of which consists in laying one s hand upon the Holy Bible while the oath is administered to him. More generally, a solemn oath …   Black's law dictionary

  • corporal oath — An oath in which the affiant lifts an arm or touches the Holy Bible with his hand. 39 Am J1st Oath § 3 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Corporal — Cor po*ral (k[^o]r p[ o]*ral), ||Corporale Cor po*ra le ( r? l?), n. [LL. corporale: cf. F. corporal. See {Corporal},a.] A fine linen cloth, on which the sacred elements are consecrated in the eucharist, or with which they are covered; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • corporal — I adjective bodily, corporeal, fleshy, incarnate, material, not spiritual, palpable, physical, somatic, substantial, tangible associated concepts: corporal imbecility, corporal oath, corporal punishment II index bodily …   Law dictionary

  • oath — Any form of attestation by which a person signifies that he is bound in conscience to perform an act faithfully and truthfully, e.g. President s oath on entering office, Art. II, Sec. 1, U.S.Const. Vaughn v. State, 146 Tex.Cr.R. 586,177 S.W.2d 59 …   Black's law dictionary

  • Oath — This article is about promise or a statement of fact. For the village in Somerset, England, see Oath, Somerset. For acronyms, see OATH. Tennis Court Oath by Jacques Louis David …   Wikipedia

  • solemn oath — Same as corporal oath …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • bodily oath — noun : corporal oath …   Useful english dictionary

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