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  1. profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger; "expletives were deleted" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. affirming the truth of a statement; to lie under oath is to become subject to prosecution for perjury Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a commitment to tell the truth (especially in a court of law); to lie under oath is to become subject to prosecution for perjury Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. a solemn promise, usually invoking a divine witness, regarding your future acts or behavior; "they took an oath of allegience" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with a reverent appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A solemn affirmation, connected with a sacred object, or one regarded as sacred, as the temple, the altar, the blood of Abel, the Bible, the Koran, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. An appeal (in verification of a statement made) to a superior sanction, in such a form as exposes the party making the appeal to an indictment for perjury if the statement be false. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A careless and blasphemous use of the name of the divine Being, or anything divine or sacred, by way of appeal or as a profane exclamation or ejaculation; an expression of profane swearing. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. An attestation that one will tell the truth, or a promise to fulfill a pledge, often calling upon God as a witness. The best known oath is probably the witnesspledgeto tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truthduring a legal proceeding. In another context, a public official usually takes an “oath of officebefore assuming her position, in which she declares that she will faithfully perform her duties.
  10. A solemn declaration that one speaks the truth, with an appeal to God as witness; a profane use of the name of God or of any sacred thing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. A solemn statement with an appeal to God as witness, and a calling for his vengeance in case of faisehood or failure:-pl. OATHS (othz). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. A solemn affirmation with an appeal to God; a blasphemous use of the name of the Deity. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. A solemn appeal to God or to something holy in support of a statement. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. A blasphemous use of the name of the Deity or of anything sacred. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed; a profane imprecation. Oath of allegiance, the oath which binds the subject to bear true allegiance to the British-sovereign. Oath of abjuration, an oath introduced after the Revolution of 1688, for the purpose of excluding the Stuart family from the throne. Oath of supremacy, the oath which establishes the supremacy of the British sovereign over every other power, spiritual and temporal in the realm. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. A solemn declaration of truth-telling confirmed by an appeal to God as witness; a promise to do something confirmed by a solemn appeal to God; profane swearing; false oath, a falsehood intensified in guilt by the appeal made to God. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. The principle on which an oath is held to be binding is incidentally laid down in ( Hebrews 6:16 ) viz. as an ultimate appeal to divine authority to ratify an assertion. On the same principle, that oath has always been held most binding which appealed to the highest authority, as regards both individuals and communities. As a consequence of this principle, appeals to Gods name on the one hand, and to heathen deities on the other, are treated in scripture as tests of allegiance. ( Exodus 23:13 ; 34:6 ; 29:12 ) etc. So also the sovereigns name is sometimes used as a form of obligation. ( Genesis 42:15 ; 2 Samuel 11:11 ; 14:19 ) Other forms of oath, serious or frivolous, are mentioned, some of which are condemned by our Lord. ( Matthew 6:33 ; 23:16-22 ) and see ( James 5:12 ) (There is, however, a world-wide difference between a solemn appeal to God and profane swearing.) The forms of adjuration mentioned in Scripture are -- 1. Lifting up the hand. Witnesses laid their hands on the head of the accused. ( Genesis 14:22 ; Leviticus 24:14 ; 17:7 ; Isaiah 3:7 ) 2. Putting the hand under the thigh of the person to whom the Promise was made. ( Genesis 24:2 ; 47:29 ) 3. Oaths were sometimes taken before the altar, or, as some understand the passage, if the persons were not in Jerusalem, in a position looking toward the temple. ( 1 Kings 8:31 ; 2 Chronicles 6:22 ) 4. Dividing a victim and passing between or distributing the pieces. ( Genesis 15:10 Genesis 15:17 ; Jeremiah 34:18 ) As the sanctity of oaths was carefully inculcated by the law, so the crime of perjury was strongly condemned; and to a false witness the same punishment was assigned which was due for the crime to which he testified. ( Exodus 20:7 ; Leviticus 19:12 ) biblestudytools.com
  18. a solemn appeal to God, permitted on fitting occasions ( Deuteronomy 6:13 ; Jeremiah 4:2 ), in various forms ( Genesis 16:5 ; 2 Sam 12:5 ; Ruth 1:17 ; Hosea 4:15 ; Romans 1:9 ), and taken in different ways ( Genesis 14:22 ; 24:2 ; 2 Chr 6:22 ). God is represented as taking an oath ( Hebrews 6:16-18 ), so also Christ ( Matthew 26:64 ), and Paul ( Romans 9:1 ; Galatians 1:20 ; Phil 1:8 ). The precept, "Swear not at all," refers probably to ordinary conversation between man and man ( Matthew 5:34 Matthew 5:37 ). But if the words are taken as referring to oaths, then their intention may have been to show "that the proper state of Christians is to require no oaths; that when evil is expelled from among them every yea and nay will be as decisive as an oath, every promise as binding as a vow." biblestudytools.com
  19. [=o]th, n. a solemn statement with an appeal to God as witness, and a calling for punishment from Him in case of falsehood or of failure, also the form of words in which such is made--oath of abjuration, allegiance, &c.: an irreverent use of God's name in conversation or in any way: any merely exclamatory imprecation, &c.:--pl. OATHS ([=o]thz).--adj. OATH'ABLE (Shak.), capable of having an oath administered to.--n. OATH'-BREAK'ING (Shak.), the violation of an oath, perjury.--UPON ONE'S OATH, sworn to speak the truth. [A.S. áth; Ger. eid, Ice. eithr.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  20. (pl. pr. odhz). Solemn appeal to God or revered or dreaded person or object in witness that statement is true or promise shall be kept (take an, make, swear an, o., bind oneself thus; on o., having thus sworn, made or stated or given by sworn person; BIBLE, CORPORAL, o.), (form of words containing) statement or promise so corroborated (o. of allegiance, office, supremacy, &c.); name of God &c. used as expletive to give emphasis or express anger &c., piece of profanity in speech, curse. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  21. The Constitution provides that before the President "enter on the execution of his office he shall take the following oath or affirmation:" "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." This oath is administered by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. A similar oath is required of all officers National and State, and belonging to the executive, legislative and judicial departments. The first Act of Congress provided for oaths of office. Dictionary of United States history
  22. n. [Anglo-Saxon, Gothic] A solemn affirmation, with an appeal to God for its truth ;- a careless and blaspherhous use of the name of the divine Being. Cabinet Dictionary

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