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oath

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noun \ˈōth\

Simple Definition of oath

  • : a formal and serious promise to tell the truth or to do something

  • : an offensive or rude word that is used to express anger, frustration, surprise, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of oath

plural

oaths

play \ˈōthz, ˈōths\
  1. 1 a (1) :  a solemn usually formal calling upon God or a god to witness to the truth of what one says or to witness that one sincerely intends to do what one says (2) :  a solemn attestation of the truth or inviolability of one's words b :  something (as a promise) corroborated by an oath

  2. 2 :  an irreverent or careless use of a sacred name; broadly :  swearword

Examples of oath in a sentence

  1. an oath to defend the nation

  2. He uttered an oath and walked away.



Origin and Etymology of oath

Middle English ooth, from Old English āth; akin to Old High German eid oath, Middle Irish oeth


First Known Use: before 12th century



OATH Defined for Kids

oath

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noun \ˈōth\

Definition of oath for Students

plural

oaths

\ˈōthz, ˈōths\
  1. 1 :  a solemn promise to tell the truth or do a specific thing

  2. 2 :  an obscene or impolite word used to express anger or frustration




Medical Dictionary

oath

Medical Definition of oath




Law Dictionary

oath

noun

Legal Definition of oath

  1. 1 :  a solemn attestation of the truth of one's words or the sincerity of one's intentions; specifically :  one accompanied by calling upon a deity as a witness

  2. 2 :  a promise (as to perform official duties faithfully) corroborated by an oath — compare perjury

under oath

  1. :  under a solemn and especially legal obligation to tell the truth (as when testifying)





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