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Definition of tithe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a tenth part of something paid as a voluntary contribution or as a tax especially for the support of a religious establishment
2 : the obligation represented by individual tithes
3 : tenth broadly : a small part
4 : a small tax or levy


tithed; tithing

Definition of tithe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to pay or give a tenth part of especially for the support of a religious establishment or organization
2 : to levy a tithe on

intransitive verb

: to give a tenth of one's income as a tithe

Examples of tithe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And that means taking a close look at the potential economic impact COVID-19 could have on his church, which relies on the generosity of its congregation tithes and offerings to keep the lights on, and to support community outreach and charity. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "'It's not the same.' Louisville's faith communities brace for coronavirus economic impact," 27 Mar. 2020 Some of the larger churches have begun using apps that allow members to pay their tithes using the information from their bank accounts online with either their computer or their cell phone. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty County churches finding new ways to worship during coronavirus pandemic," 7 Apr. 2020 The church also has an app members can download to watch sermons, get updates and even tithe from their phones. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "To prevent the spread of coronavirus in North Texas, Holy Week and Passover are going digital," 6 Apr. 2020 While declining to discuss the extent of their holdings, church leaders have sought to explain the practice of continuing to collect tithes while accumulating financial reserves. Anchorage Daily News, "Mormon Church has misled members on $100 billion tax-exempt investment fund, whistleblower alleges," 17 Dec. 2019 In 2013, a former Comando Vermelho soldier told investigators that Pereira was laundering drug money in the form of tithes to his church. Alex Cuadros, Harper's magazine, "“My Gang Is Jesus”," 20 Jan. 2020 Priorities were, in order: 10 percent tithe, 20 percent savings, pay taxes, figure out how to live on what was left. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "Here’s some good financial cheer to ring in the New Year," 28 Dec. 2019 By comparison, the Catholic Church in the United States was reported in 2005 to receive $8 billion in annual tithes from 170 million members. Anchorage Daily News, "Mormon Church has misled members on $100 billion tax-exempt investment fund, whistleblower alleges," 17 Dec. 2019 The Torah, immediately preceding the laws of the holidays in Deuteronomy, mentions the laws of giving tithes. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, "Sukkot: The secret to happiness," 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some members are now asking why details about the fund have been tightly held for so long, what the money is for, and whether tithing so much to the church should still be the standard practice. Rachael Levy, WSJ, "The Mormon Church Amassed $100 Billion. It Was the Best-Kept Secret in the Investment World.," 8 Feb. 2020 The church also owns real estate worth billions of dollars, according to the complaint, which focuses on surplus tithing money and says that the church may have additional holdings not managed by Ensign. Anchorage Daily News, "Mormon Church has misled members on $100 billion tax-exempt investment fund, whistleblower alleges," 17 Dec. 2019 Europeans who were employed by the studios would tithe 1% of their earnings to the fund, which dispensed stipends to needy émigrés. Scott Eyman, WSJ, "‘The Sun and Her Stars’ Review: Weimar in Hollywood," 24 Jan. 2020 Mark Willes, Deseret Management's president and chief executive at the time, was reported to have said that no tithing money was used in the transaction. Anchorage Daily News, "Mormon Church has misled members on $100 billion tax-exempt investment fund, whistleblower alleges," 17 Dec. 2019 Nativity’s 4,000 parishioners can tithe or donate by credit card, e-check, electronic funds transfer and even at electronic kiosks in the lobby. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Beyond the collection plate: These Maryland churches are preaching the value of electronic giving," 6 Dec. 2019 My daddy was a saver who rarely spent anything, saved everything, and fully tithed at church plus extra. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "I don’t care how high the price for bitcoin gets, it’s still too risky for the average investor," 27 June 2019 According to persistent rumors, after King Constantine was deposed, a small group of wealthy Greek families tithed, in effect, for his benefit. Michael Joseph Gross, Vanities, "“There’s Nothing Wrong with Falling from Grace”: The Global Network of Monarchists Helping Deposed Kings and Queens," 27 Apr. 2018 My father was a big believer in tithing to the church. Leada Gore, AL.com, "How to get free McDonald's fries today," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tithe


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


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for tithe


Middle English, from Old English teogotha tenth; akin to Middle Low German tegede tenth, Old English tīen ten — more at ten


Middle English, from Old English teogothian, from teogotha tenth

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“Tithe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tithe. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tithe

: an amount of money that a person gives to a church which is usually equal to ¹/₁₀ of that person's income

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