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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 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 Nielsen's complaint is sharply critical of church leaders for continuing to ask for tithes, even from members who are struggling financially, while the church sits on a fortune. Anchorage Daily News, "Mormon Church has misled members on $100 billion tax-exempt investment fund, whistleblower alleges," 17 Dec. 2019 One ingredient — black pepper — was especially prized in medieval times: Monasteries and convents accepted pepper, which was once as precious as gold, as a tithe, in place of currency. Amy Bizzarri, chicagotribune.com, "How to make panforte, Italy’s medieval-era fruitcake with a peppery kick," 3 Dec. 2019 The ministry sent someone from Imperial Valley to establish the affiliates, who were required to send back 10% of their tithes, Tenorio said. Washington Post, "Ministry had growing empire before forced-labor charges," 11 Sep. 2019 Their tithes are distributed to each religious group according to the size of its flock. The Economist, "Why so many non-religious Europeans pay church taxes," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Ignoring the sisters' patrimony requires accounting for tithing in income qualification reviews of Medicaid recipients of all faiths, state officials said. Fox News, "Nebraska doesn't extend Medicaid benefits to elderly nuns," 17 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/tithes. Accessed 16 Feb. 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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