- the conditional promises made to humanity by God, as revealed in Scripture.
- the agreement between God and the ancient Israelites, in which God promised to protect them if they kept His law and were faithful to Him.
- a formal agreement of legal validity, especially one under seal.
- an early English form of action in suits involving sealed contracts.
Origin of covenant
OTHER WORDS FROM covenantcov·e·nan·tal [kuhv-uh-nan-tl], /ˌkʌv əˈnæn tl/, adjective
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Our hosts were joined by Alain Stephens of The Trace, who gave a great lesson on ghost guns, and Cristina Kim of KPBS, who has reported on racially restrictive housing covenants that remain in public records.
If you look back at the deeds for Levittown and other places, you’ll find that there are covenants in them requiring the owner of a new Levittown home to mow their lawn, their yard once a week.How Stupid Is Our Obsession With Lawns? (Ep. 289 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|July 1, 2021|Freakonomics
Toptal says three additional former employees in non-executive roles breached express covenants not to compete in their agreements with Toptal.Freelancer marketplace Toptal sues Andela and ex-employees, alleging theft of trade secrets|Tage Kene-Okafor|June 11, 2021|TechCrunch
The SBA also considered whether it should revive an old pilot program used to fund underserved businesses via nonprofit intermediaries, or impose covenants that would bar distribution of profits until the loan had been repaid.The Government Is Here to Help Small Businesses — Unless They’re Cooperatives|by Lydia DePillis|June 7, 2021|ProPublica
Racial covenants effectively maintained residential segregation without the use of explicit racial zoning.
Fed-up doctors want that too—and many have begun to reclaim the covenant between doctor and patient.The Health-Care System Is So Broken, It’s Time for Doctors to Strike|Daniela Drake|April 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The Covenant—which should have been nominated,” he says with a laugh.‘Lone Survivor’ Taylor Kitsch’s Journey From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom|Marlow Stern|December 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The sacred covenant of travel dictates: always chase the new.I Can’t Shake Hawaii: An Ode to Returning to Places You’ve Been Before|Debra A. Klein|October 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But MLB has a duty at least to try to live up to its contract with the players and its covenant with the public.Major League Baseball Is Right to Punish the Biogenesis Cheats|Michael Brendan Dougherty|June 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It has the right to regard the threat that Hamas poses as an annihilating one, given the emphatic language of its covenant.
The scene is the covenant made between the two first persons of the Trinity on Mount Moriah.
The solemn league and covenant burned by the common hangman at London, and afterwards throughout the country.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
The term covenant designating their relation to him as a people is not figuratively applied to it.
Besides having parties,—one essential of a covenant in its proper acceptation, this relation with God has conditions.
Covenanting in civil life is the exercise of entering into a covenant engagement, or of renewing it.
British Dictionary definitions for covenant (1 of 2)
- an agreement in writing under seal, as to pay a stated annual sum to a charity
- a particular clause in such an agreement, esp in a lease
Derived forms of covenantcovenantal (ˌkʌvəˈnæntəl), adjectivecovenantally, adverb
Word Origin for covenant
British Dictionary definitions for covenant (2 of 2)
Cultural definitions for covenant
Literally, a contract. In the Bible (see also Bible), an agreement between God and his people, in which God makes promises to his people and, usually, requires certain conduct from them. In the Old Testament, God made agreements with Noah, Abraham, and Moses. To Noah, he promised that he would never again destroy the Earth with a flood. He promised Abraham that he would become the ancestor of a great nation, provided Abraham went to the place God showed him and sealed the covenant by circumcision of all the males of the nation. To Moses, God said that the Israelites would reach the Promised Land but must obey the Mosaic law. In the New Testament, God promised salvation (see also salvation) to those who believe in Jesus.