- Sometimes tithes. the tenth part of agricultural produce or personal income set apart as an offering to God or for works of mercy, or the same amount regarded as an obligation or tax for the support of the church, priesthood, or the like.
- any tax, levy, or the like, especially of one-tenth.
- a tenth part or any indefinitely small part of anything.
- to give or pay a tithe or tenth of (produce, money, etc.).
- to give or pay tithes on (crops, income, etc.).
- to exact a tithe from (a person, community, parish, etc.).
- to levy a tithe on (crops, income, etc.).
- to give or pay a tithe.
Origin of tithe
Examples from the Web for tithe
They volunteer at shelters and tithe their earnings—not nearly enough.Some Catholic Leaders Speaking Out Against Paul Ryan’s Budget-Cutting
August 20, 2012
He left because he no longer could afford to tithe to the church, and was thus deemed “unworthy.”Warren Jeffs' Flock in Denial
August 5, 2011
“Much of its wealth comes from the fervent devotion of members, who tithe faithfully,” wrote Jenkins.The Man Who Made God His ATM
December 19, 2009
But we cannot enumerate a tithe of the masterpieces of the British Encyclopædia.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
But the parson knows Juan, and proceeds to examine his tithe.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
Surely, no more than he found—nay, not a tithe of that he found.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
In all his life the adventurer had never been possessed of a tithe of this amount.A Romance of the West Indies
Yet it was barely a tithe of the sudden burden he had to bear.VC -- A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea
David Christie Murray
- (often plural) Christianity a tenth part of agricultural or other produce, personal income, or profits, contributed either voluntarily or as a tax for the support of the church or clergy or for charitable purposes
- any levy, esp of one tenth
- a tenth or very small part of anything
- to exact or demand a tithe or tithes from (an individual or group)
- to levy a tithe upon (a crop or amount of produce, etc)
- (intr) to pay a tithe or tithes
Word Origin and History for tithe
Old English teogoþa (Anglian), teoþa (West Saxon) "tenth," from Proto-Germanic *tegunthon, *tekhunthon. Retained in ecclesiastical sense while the form was replaced in ordinal use by tenth (influenced by ten).
Old English teoþian, from the root of tithe (n.). Related: Tithed; tithing.