Tithe definition

tīth
One tenth of the annual produce of one's land or of one's annual income, paid as a tax or contribution to support a church or its clergy.
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A portion of one's annual income contributed voluntarily or due as a tax, especially a contribution of one tenth of one's income for the support of the clergy or church.
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The definition of a tithe is a tax, a small collection, or a tenth of your income given to a church.

An example of a tithe is an offering given at a service.

An example of a tithe is a promised pledge given to a Methodist church.

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A tax or assessment of one tenth.
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The institution or obligation of paying tithes.
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A tenth part.
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A very small part.
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Any tax or levy.
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A tenth part.
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Any small part.
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To pay a tithe of (one's produce, income, etc.)
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(archaic) A tenth.
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The tenth part of the increase arising from the profits of land and stock, allotted to the clergy for their support, as in England, or devoted to religious or charitable uses. Almost all the tithes of England and Wales are commuted by law into rent charges. Concept originates in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament).
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A contribution to one's religious community or congregation of worship.
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A small part or proportion.

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(archaic) Tenth.
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To collect a tithe.
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(intransitive) To pay a tithe.
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To levy a tenth part on; to tax to the amount of a tenth.
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To tithe means to pay an offering or a tax.

An example of tithe is to give a portion of your earnings each month to your church.

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To pay (a portion of one's income) as a tithe.
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To levy a tithe on.
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To pay a tithe.
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To levy a tithe on or collect a tithe from.
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To pay a tithe.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tithe
Plural:
tithes

Origin of tithe

  • Middle English tithe consisting of a tenth part of one's goods or income from Old English tēotha tenth, tithe dekm̥ in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English tēoþa (Old English underwent the Ingvaeonic nasal spirant law, which resulted in the elimination of the nasal consonant from Germanic *tehunþ-). Compare Icelandic tíund.

    From Wiktionary