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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
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Heaven knows how anxiously I sought to fulfil that solemn vow!

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Even with that solemn vow on your lips, you take your place in it.

    Washington Square Henry James
  • The simple act released the child and his parents of their solemn vow.

    The Syrian Christ Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
  • And do you, who I have chosen for a mother, receive my solemn vow to observe it.

    Dangerous Connections, v. 1, 2, 3, 4 Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  • She had made a solemn vow, too, that she would never be unkind to Alice again!

    Keineth Jane D. Abbott
  • Then she spoke of the facts to Yates, after extracting a solemn vow of secrecy.

    Mrs. Thompson William Babington Maxwell
  • One could not fail to perceive that he had taken a solemn vow.

    The Count's Millions Emile Gaboriau
  • She registered a solemn vow that she had done with Axel for ever.

    The Benefactress Elizabeth Beauchamp
  • But I made a solemn vow never to show the least sign of jealousy.

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