oath

[ ohth ]
/ oʊθ /

noun, plural oaths [ohthz, ohths] /oʊðz, oʊθs/.

a solemn appeal to a deity, or to some revered person or thing, to witness one's determination to speak the truth, to keep a promise, etc.: to testify upon oath.
a statement or promise strengthened by such an appeal.
a formally affirmed statement or promise accepted as an equivalent of an appeal to a deity or to a revered person or thing; affirmation.
the form of words in which such a statement or promise is made.
an irreverent or blasphemous use of the name of God or anything sacred.
any profane expression; curse; swearword: He slammed the door with a muttered oath.

Nearby words

Idioms

    take an oath, to swear solemnly; vow.

Origin of oath

before 900; Middle English ooth, Old English āth; cognate with German Eid

Can be confused

oaf oath
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British Dictionary definitions for oath

oath

/ (əʊθ) /

noun plural oaths (əʊðz)

a solemn pronouncement to affirm the truth of a statement or to pledge a person to some course of action, often involving a sacred being or object as witnessRelated adjective: juratory
the form of such a pronouncement
an irreverent or blasphemous expression, esp one involving the name of a deity; curse
on oath, upon oath or under oath
  1. under the obligation of an oath
  2. law having sworn to tell the truth, usually with one's hand on the Bible
take an oath to declare formally with an oath or pledge, esp before giving evidence

Word Origin for oath

Old English āth; related to Old Saxon, Old Frisian ēth, Old High German eid
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