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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. 2017.
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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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