Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tenth part of one's annual income contributed voluntarily or due as a tax, especially for the support of the clergy or church.
  • n. The institution or obligation of paying tithes.
  • n. A tax or assessment of one tenth.
  • n. A tenth part.
  • n. A very small part.
  • transitive v. To contribute or pay a tenth part of (one's annual income).
  • transitive v. To levy a tithe on.
  • intransitive v. To pay a tithe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tenth.
  • n. The tenth part of the increase arising from the profits of land and stock, allotted to the clergy for their support, as in England, or devoted to religious or charitable uses. Almost all the tithes of England and Wales are commuted by law into rent charges. Concept originates in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament).
  • n. A contribution to one's religious community or congregation of worship.
  • n. A small part or proportion.
  • adj. Tenth.
  • v.  To collect a tithe.
  • v. To pay a tithe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tenth; the tenth part of anything; specifically, the tenthpart of the increase arising from the profits of land and stock, allotted to the clergy for their support, as in England, or devoted to religious or charitable uses. Almost all the tithes of England and Wales are commuted by law into rent charges.
  • n. Hence, a small part or proportion.
  • adj. Tenth.
  • transitive v. To levy a tenth part on; to tax to the amount of a tenth; to pay tithes on.
  • intransitive v. Tp pay tithes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tenth.
  • n. A tenth; the tenth part of anything; hence, any indefinitely small part.
  • n. A contribution or tax for some public use, either voluntary or enforced, of one tenth of the quantity or of the value of the subject from or on account of which it is paid; hence, any ratable tax payable in kind or by commutation of its value in money.
  • n. A tax assessed by the vestry of a parish.
  • To subject to tithes or the payment of a tithe; impose a tithe or tenth of or upon.
  • To pay tithes on; give or yield up a tithe of.
  • To take or reckon by tenths or tens; take tithe or every tenth of.
  • To pay tithes.
  • To concede; grant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an offering of a tenth part of some personal income
  • v. pay one tenth of; pay tithes on, especially to the church
  • v. pay a tenth of one's income, especially to the church
  • v. exact a tithe from
  • v. levy a tithe on (produce or a crop)
  • n. a levy of one tenth of something

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English tēotha.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English tēoþa (Old English underwent the Ingvaeonic nasal spirant law, which resulted in the elimination of the nasal consonant from Germanic *tehunþ-). Compare Icelandic tíund. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At length the auction commenced, and the first article put up for competition was a fine heifer, but not an individual present would open his lips to bid for her; and, on a little further examination, it was ascertained that all the cattle had been branded with the word tithe, in large and legible characters.

    The Tithe-Proctor The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two

  • Let’s recreate the country in that model, smaller near-sovereign units of government, about the average size of the original states (300K or so) (and keep them that way), with the federal government reduced to insuring tax and regulatory competition between the new states, freedom to vote with your feet, a common currency, the common (external) defense paid for with a tithe from the states, and little more.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Right to Carry Concealed Guns Debate: Pretty Similar in 1872 and in 2010

  • What if the whole Church recast the idea of tithe as a fraction of our treasure given back to God in the world and not our institutions?

    Christopher Cocca: Ending Poverty With Global Christianity's Phantom Trillion

  • If maaser rishon [first tithe, that is given to the Levites, including Korah] is brought, Moses commands that a tenth part of it must be given to the priest!

    Wife of Korah: Midrash and Aggadah.

  • I was reading this article trying to find the religious angle implied by the use of the Old Testament word tithe, but the article seems to be dealing more with secular philanthropy.

    Waldo Jaquith - How much to tithe?

  • I won't qualify for your tithe, which is a ok with the abundance of worthy causes listed here, but I just want to acknowledge my hella great elementary school.

    What Would Linus Do?

  • The tithe has been the Episcopal Church's "minimum standard" since 1982, although the average annual gift from its 2.3 million members in 2006 reached only $1,718, less than the 10% requirement, according to its own figures.

    The Backlash Against Tithing

  • I cannot carry this burden alone, but your tithe could be my companion.

    The Book of the SubGenius

  • [17] The tithe was a tenth part of the yearly income from land, stock, and personal industry.

    Early European History

  • The practical evil most felt was the system of tithes for the support of the Protestant establishment, and it was aggravated by a very unfair exemption of pasture land, and also by the prevailing system of farming out tithes to a class of men known as tithe proctors.

    Historical and Political Essays

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