oath

noun
\ ˈōth How to pronounce oath (audio) \
plural oaths\ ˈōt͟hz How to pronounce oaths (audio) , ˈōths \

Definition of oath

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.

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Synonyms for oath

Synonyms

pledge, promise, troth, vow, word

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Examples of oath in a Sentence

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

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Never mind that Mueller, Comey, and McCabe testified under oath that their Russiagate probes never were obstructed. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Obstruction? There Was No Obstruction.," 2 Aug. 2019 The opposition included comments from Wild’s deposition, which was obtained under oath and is still under seal. Olivia Carville, Fortune, "IBM Fired Up to 100,000 Older Employees to Make Room for Millennials, Lawsuit Alleges," 31 July 2019 To that point, a judge in Louisiana has ordered that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell explain, under oath, why the Saints were the victims of a bad no-call. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Roger Goodell Under Oath: No-Call Lawsuit Means Deposition for Commissioner," 30 July 2019 On Monday, a judge in Louisiana ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and three officials from the game can be questioned under oath as part of a fraud lawsuit filed brought by a Louisiana attorney on behalf of New Orleans Saints ticket holders. Matt Bonesteel, The Denver Post, "Louisiana judge says Roger Goodell can face questions in Saints “no-call” lawsuit," 30 July 2019 In a 2011 deposition stemming from one suit, Coli was asked under oath why so many of his relatives were allowed to control the union’s lucrative pension funds. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Politically connected ex-Teamsters boss pleads guilty to extorting Chicago film studio, agrees to cooperate," 30 July 2019 Republicans make much of this, but Simpson has testified under oath that his work on the two cases was kept entirely separate. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, "Some key context about Chabot's questions about Fusion GPS," 25 July 2019 Committee members issued the subpoena in response to a complaint from state Sen. Ernie Chambers, a death penalty opponent who wanted to question Frakes under oath. USA TODAY, "Glowing rock fight, Statehouse stash, hometown hero: News from around our 50 states," 15 July 2019 In light of Thursday's ruling, Vos likely won't have to answer questions under oath. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gerrymandering takeaways: What the Supreme Court's redistricting decision means for Wisconsin," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of oath

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for oath

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

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oath

noun

English Language Learners Definition of oath

: a formal and serious promise to tell the truth or to do something
old-fashioned : an offensive or rude word that is used to express anger, frustration, surprise, etc.

oath

noun
\ ˈōth How to pronounce oath (audio) \
plural oaths\ ˈōt͟hz , ˈōths \

Kids Definition of oath

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

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oath

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

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