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solemn vow

noun, Roman Catholic Church.
a perpetual, irrevocable public vow taken by a religious, in which property may not be owned by the individual, and marriage is held invalid under canon law.
Compare simple vow.
Origin of solemn vow
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • No person who has taken holy orders which involve a solemn vow to celibacy can contract a valid marriage.

  • Heaven knows how anxiously I sought to fulfil that solemn vow!

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He bore the external signs of an infirm magician, while his face was hidden in a cloth to mark the imposition of a solemn vow.

    Kai Lung's Golden Hours Ernest Bramah
  • The simple act released the child and his parents of their solemn vow.

    The Syrian Christ Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
  • Inclination, again seizing its opportunity, urged me then and there to take a solemn vow never to smoke again.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
  • She had made a solemn vow, too, that she would never be unkind to Alice again!

    Keineth Jane D. Abbott
  • To answer the truth was to betray the confession and to break his solemn vow before God, as a priest.

    Corleone F. Marion Crawford
  • Then she spoke of the facts to Yates, after extracting a solemn vow of secrecy.

    Mrs. Thompson William Babington Maxwell
  • Soon after Doris's adventure with the flute, Marian and Gwendolen made a most solemn vow.

    Half-Past Bedtime H. H. Bashford

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