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solemn vow

noun, Roman Catholic Church.
1.
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 word dating back to 1350-1400
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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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