noun \ˈōth\

: 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.

plural oaths \ˈōthz, ˈōths\

Full Definition of OATH

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

Examples of OATH

  1. an oath to defend the nation
  2. He uttered an oath and walked away.

Origin 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

Rhymes with OATH


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Medical Definition of OATH


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