noun, plural oaths [ohthz, ohths] /oʊðz, oʊθs/.
Origin of oath
Examples from the Web for oath
When our elected representatives assume their respective offices, they take an oath to “protect and defend the Constitution.”
This Oath Keeper was there for the protest, which had yet to materialize, and had a few friends joining him, he told me.
But given their anti-government rhetoric, the Oath Keepers' presence could inflame tensions further.The Oath Keepers Patrol Rooftops in Ferguson—The Facts Behind This ‘Mysterious’ Militia Group|John Avlon|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The oath, according to the King James Bible, requires one to “do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”The Supreme Court Is Weighing Corporate Power Yet Again|Zephyr Teachout|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The government cannot compel a nonbeliever to take an oath that affirms the existence of a supreme being,” Miller added.
Send to Harold mildly, and gently remind him of oath and of relics—of treaty and pledge.Harold, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The noise must have disturbed Le Forgeron, for Nangotook heard him mumble an oath.The Island of Yellow Sands|E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
They were in earnest, and I saw nothing unreasonable in the oath they imposed on me.The Pirate of the Mediterranean|W.H.G. Kingston
A Hessian muttered something in German, and Grant dropped the point of his sword with an oath.My Lady of Doubt|Randall Parrish
I repeated the oath I had taken over and over again, and I did not find that it in any way prevented me from liberating the prize.Peter the Whaler|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for oath
noun plural oaths (əʊðz)
- under the obligation of an oath
- law having sworn to tell the truth, usually with one's hand on the Bible
Word Origin for oath
Word Origin and History for oath
Old English að "oath, judicial swearing, solemn appeal to deity in witness of truth or a promise," from Proto-Germanic *aithaz (cf. Old Norse eiðr, Swedish ed, Old Saxon, Old Frisian eth, Middle Dutch eet, Dutch eed, German eid, Gothic aiþs "oath"), from PIE *oi-to- "an oath" (cf. Old Irish oeth "oath"). In reference to careless invocations of divinity, from late 12c.