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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This version was revealed—under oath—by Joe Shimon, the DC police detective who maintained close connections with the FBI and with Sam Giancana and Johnny Rosselli. Lee Server, Town & Country, "The Real Reason Frank Sinatra Was Banned from the Kennedy White House," 7 Nov. 2018 After that, the President publicly mocked the woman who testified under oath against him. Liz Plank, Glamour, "Why Are Men Still Voting Republican?," 31 Oct. 2018 According to CBS News, officer Zechariah Presley of the Kingsland Police Department turned himself in on Wednesday after being charged with voluntary manslaughter and violation of oath of office in the death of 33-year-old Anthony Green. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "Georgia Police Officer Charged For Fatally Shooting Fleeing Black Man," 29 June 2018 Officer Zechariah Presley of the Kingsland Police Department turned himself in Wednesday to the Camden County Sheriff's Office on charges of voluntary manslaughter and violation of oath of office in the death of Anthony Green, 33, in Kingsland. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Georgia officer charged with manslaughter in death of fleeing black motorist," 27 June 2018 His dad died in August 2016, after which Rodriguez and his sister made an oath: take more risks, have more fun. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Sky-high Starflyer debuts for I-Drive thrill-seekers," 1 June 2018 Before Trump took office in 2017, Ronald Reagan was the oldest person to take the presidential oath of office. Saba Hamedy, CNN, "President Donald Trump turns 72," 14 June 2018 However, later on, Sinema was seen without the stole for her oath reenactment ceremony. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Senator Kyrsten Sinema Brought Some Major Lewks to Congress," 4 Jan. 2019 Not taking this oath solemnly and with the utmost respect is firmly against the traditions and sanctity of our military family and will not be tolerated. Leada Gore, AL.com, "Air National Guard members punished over dinosaur video," 19 Apr. 2018

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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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