Definition of oath
oathsplay \ˈōthz, ˈōths\
1a (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 The witness took an oath to tell the truth in court.b : something (such as a promise) corroborated by an oath They were required to swear an oath of loyalty. took the oath of office
2 : an irreverent or careless use of a sacred name; broadly : swear word He uttered an oath and stormed away.
Examples of oath in a Sentence
an oath to defend the nation
He uttered an oath and walked away.
Recent Examples of oath from the Web
One family and from one country': 97 new citizens take oath at naturalization ceremony Contact IndyStar reporter Andrew Clark at email@example.com.
In 1990, Ivana Trump said under oath that her husband flew into a fit of rage due to the pain and displeasure with a scalp reduction surgery, performed in 1989.
The revelation that Trump has no tapes means that Comey’s testimony — sworn under oath — remains for now the most detailed account of the interactions between the two of them while Comey was still FBI Director.
The mustard gas experiments were not declassified until 1975, and the military did not lift an oath of secrecy for servicemen until the 1990s.
Katherine Fernandez Rundle, state attorney for Miami-Dade County, delivered the evening's keynote address and Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Bronwyn Miller gave the oath of office to new and returning JCS board members.
Roberts then administered one of the two oaths a new justice is required to take to join the court.
Jefferson Davis took the oath of office on the steps.
By suing Lewis for defamation, Rebel Rags may gain the opportunity to force Lewis to testify under oath, answer hostile questions and turn over evidence and documentation that might undermine Lewis’s narrative.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
OATH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oath for English Language Learners
: 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.
OATH Defined for Kids
Definition of oath for Students
1 : a solemn promise to tell the truth or do a specific thing
2 : an obscene or impolite word used to express anger or frustration
Medical Definition of oath
—see hippocratic oath
Legal Definition of oath
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 : a promise (as to perform official duties faithfully) corroborated by an oath — compare perjury
: under a solemn and especially legal obligation to tell the truth (as when testifying)
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