- 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.
oath definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
oath definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. 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: Middle English oth, from Old English āth.
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