- 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.
(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 ÄÃ¾ (“oath"), from Proto-Germanic *aiÃ¾az (“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 eiÃ° (“oath"), Latin Å«tor (“use, employ, avail"), Old Irish Ã³eth (“oath").
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