- The definition of an oath is a sworn or solemn promise.
When you put your hand on a bible and swear to tell the truth in court, this is an example of a time when you take an oath.
A woman swears an oath.
- a ritualistic declaration, typically based on an appeal to God or a god or to some revered person or object, that one will speak the truth, keep a promise, remain faithful, etc.
- the ritual form used in making such a declaration
- the thing promised or declared in this way
- the irreverent or profane use of the name of God or of a sacred thing to express anger or emphasize a statement
- a swearword; curse
Origin of oathMiddle English oth ; from Old English ath, akin to German eid, probably via Celtic ; from Indo-European an unverified form oitos (from source Old Irish ōeth) ; from base an unverified form ei-, to go (basic sense: uncertain or unknown; perhaps to advance to take an oath) from source year, Classical Latin ire, to go
nounpl. oaths oaths
- a. A solemn, formal declaration or promise to fulfill a pledge, often calling on God, a god, or a sacred object as witness.b. The words or formula of such a declaration or promise.c. Something declared or promised.
- An irreverent or blasphemous use of the name of God or something held sacred.
- An imprecation; a curse.
Origin of oathMiddle English oth, from Old English āth.
- A solemn pledge or promise to a god, king, or another person, to attest to the truth of a statement or contract
- The affirmed statement or promise accepted as equivalent to an oath.
- A light or insulting use of a solemn pledge or promise to a god, king or another person, to attest to the truth of a statement or contract the name of a deity in a profanity, as in swearing oaths.
- A curse.
- (law) An affirmation of the truth of a statement.
- bloody oath (Australian slang)
- fucken oath (Australian slang)
(third-person singular simple present oaths, present participle oathing, simple past and past participle oathed)
- (archaic) to pledge
- shouting out (as in 'oathing obsenities')
From Middle English ooth, oth, ath, from Old English āþ (“oath”), from Proto-Germanic *aiþaz (“oath”), from Proto-Indo-European *oyt- (“oath”). Cognate with Scots aith, athe (“oath”), North Frisian ith, iss (“oath”), West Frisian eed (“oath”), Dutch eed (“oath”), German Eid (“oath”), Swedish ed (“oath”), Icelandic eið (“oath”), Latin ūtor (“use, employ, avail”), Old Irish óeth (“oath”).
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