solemn vow


noun Roman Catholic Church.

a perpetual, irrevocable public vow taken by a religious, in which property may not be owned by the individual, and marriage is held invalid under canon law.

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decorum
Compare simple vow.

Origin of solemn vow

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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