from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A solemn, formal declaration or promise to fulfill a pledge, often calling on God, a god, or a sacred object as witness.
- noun The words or formula of such a declaration or promise.
- noun Something declared or promised.
- noun An irreverent or blasphemous use of the name of God or something held sacred.
- noun An imprecation; a curse.
- idiom (take an oath) To agree to a pledge of truthfulness or faithful performance.
- idiom (under oath) Under a burden or responsibility to speak truthfully or perform an action faithfully.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To make to take an oath; put to the oath.
- To use as an oath; swear by.
- To call, speak to, or curse with an oath.
- To swear; use oaths.
- noun A solemn appeal to the Supreme Being in attestation of the truth of some statement or the binding character of some covenant, undertaking, or promise; an outward pledge that one's testimony or promise is given under an immediate sense of responsibility to God.
- noun The form of words in which such attestation is made.
- noun A light or blasphemous use of the name of the Divine Being, or of anything associated with the more sacred matters of religion, by way of appeal, imprecation, or ejaculation.
- noun Loosely — An ejaculation similar in form to an oath, but in which the name of God or of anything sacred is not used.
- noun An imprecation, differing from a curse in its less formal and more exclamatory character: it may be humorous, or even affectionate, among rude and free-living men.
- noun An exclamatory word or phrase, usually without appropriateness to the subject in hand, expressing surprise, and generally displeasure, though sometimes even approval or admiration.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with a reverent appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed.
- noun A solemn affirmation, connected with a sacred object, or one regarded as sacred, as the temple, the altar, the blood of Abel, the Bible, the Koran, etc.
- noun (Law) An appeal (in verification of a statement made) to a superior sanction, in such a form as exposes the party making the appeal to an indictment for perjury if the statement be false.
- noun A careless and blasphemous use of the name of the divine Being, or anything divine or sacred, by way of appeal or as a profane exclamation or ejaculation; an expression of profane swearing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
solemn pledgeor promise to a god, king, or another person, to attestto the truth of a statement or contract
- noun the affirmed statement or promise accepted as equivalent to an oath
- noun A light or insulting use of a solemn pledge or promise to a god, king or another person, to attest to the truth of a statement or contract the name of a deity in a profanity, as in swearing oaths
- noun a
- noun law An
affirmationof the truth of a statement.
- verb archaic To pledge.
- verb Shouting out. (as in 'oathing obsenities')
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a commitment to tell the truth (especially in a court of law); to lie under oath is to become subject to prosecution for perjury
- noun a solemn promise, usually invoking a divine witness, regarding your future acts or behavior
- noun profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
Flemyng mentions, in a letter to Cecil, November 29, 1563, that O'Neill told him, when about to take the oaths of his people to an agreement with the Queen, that "Cusack did not give them their oath so, _but let me give them their oath_."
Council-General, -- some of which depositions were upon oath, some upon honor, and others neither upon _oath_ nor _honor_, but all or most of which were of an irregular and irrelevant nature, and not fit or decent to be taken by a British magistrate, or to be transmitted to a British government.
Hastings objected to his being put to his oath; that the question was nevertheless put to him, in consequence of a resolution of the board; that he first declined to swear, under pretence _that it was a matter of serious consequence to his character to take an oath_, and, when it was finally left to his option, he declared, "Mean people might swear, but that his character would not allow him, -- that he could not swear, and had rather subject himself to a loss."
V. iii.129 (478,1) Behold, it is the privilege of mine honours,/My oath, and my profession] The _privilege_ of this _oath_ means the privilege gained by taking the oath administered in the regular initiation of a knight professed.
This was an old Roman custom, and apparently what they said for an oath translates as "Bet your testicles that I am telling the truth, your honor."
The day he took the oath is the day we came of age.
March 18th, 2010 at 11: 43 am jbrantow says: sorry iw local … but the doctors oath is to treat the ill, not kick them out of the er.
March 18th, 2010 at 11: 47 am iw local 03 says: jbrantow says: sorry iw local … but the doctors oath is to treat the ill, not kick them out of the er.
Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms.
Their oath is to do no harm, but they haven't even spoken about healthcare reform before now.