solemn vow


: an absolute and irrevocable public vow taken by a religious in the Roman Catholic Church under which ownership of property by the individual is prohibited and marriage is invalid under canon law

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Making a solemn vow that my theoretical future children will never play contact sports. Emma Specter, Vogue, 24 Mar. 2023 Mom and Dad, with the bishop’s permission, and after taking a solemn vow, could leave the marital bed and replace it with chaste cohabitation. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Americans seem eager for practical information and opportunities to help, not solemn vows of corporate togetherness. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 23 Apr. 2020 Asked if he's made a solemn vow that this really is his last project, Ray looks away and smiles. Jesse Leavenworth,, 27 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of solemn vow was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Solemn vow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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