solemn vow


Definition of 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

Examples of solemn vow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Americans seem eager for practical information and opportunities to help, not solemn vows of corporate togetherness. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Delicate Art of Disastertising," 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,, "'46 Chevrolet Panel Truck In Lebanon Customized To Deliver A Memorable Ride," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of solemn vow

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Solemn vow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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