solemn vow
noun Date: 14th century 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

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  • solemn vow — n. R.C.Ch. a vow made with canonical effects stricter than those of a SIMPLE VOW: e.g., a solemn vow of chastity, broken by attempting marriage while the vow is still in effect, makes the marriage both illicit and invalid …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • solemn vow — Rom. Cath. Ch. a perpetual, irrevocable public vow taken by a religious, in which property may not be owned by the individual, and marriage is held invalid under canon law. Cf. simple vow. [1350 1400; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • 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 n. 1) to make, take a vow 2) to keep one s vow 3) to break, violate a vow 4) a formal, solemn vow 5) clerical; marriage; monastic; religious vows (priests take religious vows) 6) a vow to + inf. (she made a solemn vow not to smoke again) 7) a… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • solemn — sol|emn [ˈsɔləm US ˈsa: ] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: solemne, from Latin solemnis ceremonial, formal, solemn ] 1.) very serious and not happy, for example because something bad has happened or because you are at an important… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • vow — 1 n: a solemn promise or statement; esp: one by which a person is bound to an act, service, or condition marriage vow s vow 2 vt 1: to promise solemnly 2: to bind or commit by a vow vi: to make a vow …   Law dictionary

  • vow — [vou] n. [ME vou < OFr < L votum: see VOTE] 1. a solemn promise or pledge, esp. one made to God or a god, dedicating oneself to an act, service, or way of life 2. a solemn promise of love and fidelity [marriage vows] 3. a solemn affirmation …   English World dictionary

  • Vow — Vow, n. [OE. vou, OF. vou, veu, vo, vu, F. v?u, from L. votum, from vovere, to vow. Cf. {Avow}, {Devout}, {Vote}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A solemn promise made to God, or to some deity; an act by which one consecrates or devotes himself, absolutely or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vow — Vow, v. i. To make a vow, or solemn promise. [1913 Webster] Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Eccl. v. 5. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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