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Definitions of oath

  1. 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
  2. a solemn promise, usually invoking a divine witness, regarding your future acts or behavior; "they took an oath of allegience" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with a reverent appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

Usage examples for oath

  1. Their eyes met; an oath broke from his lips. – Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  2. We had but just turned the corner toward Llanbrecht, when, I take my solemn oath I heard a deep- drawn sigh! – Seven Frozen Sailors by George Manville Fenn
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