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[tahy-th ing] /ˈtaɪ ðɪŋ/
a tithe.
a giving or an exacting of tithes.
a grouping of men, originally 10 in number, for legal and security purposes in the Anglo-Saxon and Norman system of frankpledge.
a rural division in England, originally regarded as one tenth of a hundred, descended from this system.
Origin of tithing
before 950; Middle English; Old English tigething. See tithe, -ing1


[tahyth] /taɪð/
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.
verb (used with object), tithed, tithing.
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.).
verb (used without object), tithed, tithing.
to give or pay a tithe.
Also, British, tythe.
before 900; (noun) Middle English ti(ghe)the, Old English teogotha tenth; (v.) Middle English tithen, Old English teogothian to take the tenth of, derivative of the noun
Related forms
titheless, adjective
untithed, adjective Unabridged
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  • This tithing system has provided ever since the principal revenue of the church.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • To Horace Greeley's question, "What is done with the proceeds of this tithing?"

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • Suddenly there came a tap of the tithing stick on his head, and he was in disgrace.

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
  • It was a solemn time after one had been touched by the tithing rod.

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
  • State the requirements made by revelation for the tithing of the people today.

    The Articles of Faith James E. Talmage
  • The administration of the law of tithing has been excessively cruel in Europe.

  • Will you observe the law of tithing and all the other requirements of the gospel?

    Gospel Doctrine Joseph F. Smith
  • The law of tithing is a test by which the people as individuals shall be proved.

    Gospel Doctrine Joseph F. Smith
  • I pay my tithing, not only because it is a law of God, but because I expect a blessing by doing it.

    Gospel Doctrine Joseph F. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for tithing


noun (English history)
  1. a tithe; tenth
  2. the exacting or paying of tithes
a company of ten householders in the system of frankpledge
a rural division, originally regarded as a tenth of a hundred


(often pl) (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
  1. to exact or demand a tithe or tithes from (an individual or group)
  2. to levy a tithe upon (a crop or amount of produce, etc)
(intransitive) to pay a tithe or tithes
Derived Forms
tither, noun
Word Origin
Old English teogoth; related to Old Frisian tegotha, Old Saxon tegotho, Old High German zehando, Old Norse tīundi, Gothic taihunda
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Word Origin and History for tithing



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tithing in Culture

tithe definition

A tenth part of one's annual income contributed to support the clergy or a church. The Mosaic law required the Israelites to pay a tithe for the support of worship.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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