simple vow
noun Date: 1621 a public vow taken by a religious in the Roman Catholic Church under which retention of property by the individual is permitted and marriage though illicit is valid under canon law

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  • simple vow — n. R.C.Ch. a vow made with canonical effects less strict than those of a SOLEMN VOW: e.g., a simple vow of chastity, broken by entering marriage while the vow is still in effect, makes the marriage illicit but not invalid …   English World dictionary

  • simple vow — noun : a public vow taken by a religious in the Roman Catholic Church under which retention of property by the individual is permitted and marriage though regarded as a sin is valid under canon law compare solemn vow * * * Rom. Cath. Ch. a public …   Useful english dictionary

  • Simple vow — In the Canon law of the Roman Catholic Church, public vows are either simple vows or solemn vows. Professed members of religious orders take solemn vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience (the vows of religion), while members of religious… …   Wikipedia

  • simple vow — Rom. Cath. Ch. a public vow taken by a religious, under which property may be retained and marriage, though held to be illicit, is valid under canon law. Cf. solemn vow. [1900 05] * * * …   Universalium

  • simple vow — /ˈsɪmpəl vaʊ/ (say simpuhl vow) noun See vow (def. 4) …   Australian English dictionary

  • vow — /vaʊ / (say vow) noun 1. a solemn promise, pledge, or personal engagement: marriage vows; a vow of secrecy. 2. a solemn or earnest declaration. 3. a solemn, religiously binding promise made to God or to any deity or saint, as to perform some act …   Australian English dictionary

  • vow — I UK [vaʊ] / US noun Word forms vow : singular vow plural vows 1) [countable] a serious promise make a vow (that): I ve made a vow that I m going to study harder. take a vow (of something): Nuns must take a vow of chastity. 2) vows [plural] a set …   English dictionary

  • vow — vow1 [ vau ] noun 1. ) count a serious promise: make a vow (that): I ve made a vow that I m going to study harder. take a vow (of something): Nuns must take a vow of chastity. 2. ) vows plural a set of promises that people make to each other, for …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • vow —    This word (from the Latin votum, meaning promise or dedication ) refers to a deliberate and free promise made toGod, to perform (or to abstain from) a specific action. Vows may be public or private, temporary or perpetual, simple or solemn.… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • solemn vow — noun : an absolute and irrevocable public vow taken by a religious in the Roman Catholic Church under which ownership of property by the individual is prohibited and marriage is invalid under canon law compare simple vow * * * Rom. Cath. Ch. a… …   Useful english dictionary

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