oath
noun (plural oaths) Etymology: Middle English ooth, from Old English āth; akin to Old High German eid oath, Middle Irish oeth Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) a solemn usually formal calling upon God or a god to witness to the truth of what one says or to witness that one sincerely intends to do what one says (2) a solemn attestation of the truth or inviolability of one's words b. something (as a promise) corroborated by an oath 2. an irreverent or careless use of a sacred name; broadly swearword

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  • oath — n 1: a solemn attestation of the truth of one s words or the sincerity of one s intentions; specif: one accompanied by calling upon a deity as a witness 2: a promise (as to perform official duties faithfully) corroborated by an oath compare… …   Law dictionary

  • oath — [əʊθ ǁ oʊθ] noun [countable] 1. a formal promise to do something: • The president has taken an oath to support and defend the Constitution. • The new president will take the oath of office next week. 2. be under oath also …   Financial and business terms

  • oath — [əuθ US ouθ] n plural oaths [əuðz US ouðz] [: Old English; Origin: ath] 1.) a formal and very serious promise oath of loyalty/allegiance/obedience etc (to sb) ▪ an oath of allegiance to the Queen swear/take an oath ▪ Servicemen have to swear an… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • oath — [ ouθ ] (plural oaths [ ouðz ] ) noun count 1. ) a formal promise, especially one made in a court of law: an oath of loyalty take/swear an oath: Even today, all new American citizens officially take an oath of allegiance. a ) be under/on oath to… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • oath — [ōth] n. pl. oaths [ōthz, ōths] [ME oth < OE ath, akin to Ger eid, prob. via Celt < IE * oitos (> OIr ōeth) < base * ei , to go (basic sense: ? to advance to take an oath) > YEAR, L ire, to go] 1. a) a ritualistic declaration,… …   English World dictionary

  • Oath — ([=o]th), n.; pl. {Oaths} ([=o][th]z). [OE. othe, oth, ath, AS. [=a][eth]; akin to D. eed, OS. [=e][eth], G. eid, Icel. ei[eth]r, Sw. ed, Dan. eed, Goth. ai[thorn]s; cf. OIr. oeth.] 1. A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with a reverent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oath — (n.) O.E. að oath, judicial swearing, solemn appeal to deity in witness of truth or a promise, from P.Gmc. *aithaz (Cf. O.N. eiðr, Swed. ed, O.Fris. eth, Du. eed, Ger. eid, Goth. aiþs oath ), from PIE *oi to an oath (Cf. O.Ir. oeth …   Etymology dictionary

  • oath — ► NOUN (pl. oaths) 1) a solemn promise, especially one that calls on a deity as a witness. 2) an obscene or blasphemous utterance. ● under (or on) oath Cf. ↑under oath ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • Oath — [ouθ] der; , s [ouθz] <aus gleichbed. engl. oath> (veraltet) Eid, Schwur …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • oath — [n1] promise adjuration, affidavit, affirmation, avowal, bond, contract, deposition, pledge, profession, sworn declaration, sworn statement, testimony, vow, word, word of honor; concepts 71,278 Ant. break oath [n2] curse blasphemy, cuss*, cuss… …   New thesaurus

  • OATH — can mean: Object oriented Abstract Type Hierarchy Initiative For Open Authentication This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point d …   Wikipedia

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