- 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.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Origin of covenant
OTHER WORDS FROM covenantcov·e·nan·tal [kuhv-uh-nan-tl], /ˌkʌv əˈnæn tl/, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for covenant
The Bloomingdale rowhouse was central to a 1948 Supreme Court case contesting racially restrictive deed covenants.The pandemic isn’t stopping D.C.’s annual history conference|John Kelly|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
After months of claiming Clarida was not a tenant and that their covenant was not a lease, the nonprofit had formally filed an eviction notice in landlord-tenant court.Domestic violence survivors say they were kicked out by the housing program that promised to help them|Rachel Chason, Katie Mettler|October 30, 2020|Washington Post
We’re seeing people on both extremes who seem willing to color outside the lines, to break the covenant of democracy.
Under Asa, and also under Josiah, the people in their civil capacity with their rulers Covenanted too.
We are warranted to maintain that what was Covenanted before, no less than it should be performed, should be vowed again.
Noah and his family in their associate capacity Covenanted with God.
He also made them swear, and covenanted with them a second time, that they would obey his son; and he confided in their oaths.The Arabian Nights|Unknown
I have avoided these early séances; but every one knows that he is never ready for a patient at the covenanted hour after that.Adventures and Enthusiasms|E. V. Lucas
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.