tithe

[ tahyth ]
/ taɪð /

noun

verb (used with object), tithed, tith·ing.

verb (used without object), tithed, tith·ing.

to give or pay a tithe.

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Also British, tythe.

Origin of tithe

before 900; (noun) Middle English ti(ghe)the, Old English teogotha tenth; (v.) Middle English tithen, Old English teogothian to take the tenth of, derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM tithe

tithe·less, adjectiveun·tithed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tithe

tithe
/ (taɪð) /

noun

(often plural) Christianity a tenth part of agricultural or other produce, personal income, or profits, contributed either voluntarily or as a tax for the support of the church or clergy or for charitable purposes
any levy, esp of one tenth
a tenth or very small part of anything

verb

(tr)
  1. to exact or demand a tithe or tithes from (an individual or group)
  2. to levy a tithe upon (a crop or amount of produce, etc)
(intr) to pay a tithe or tithes

Derived forms of tithe

tither, noun

Word Origin for tithe

Old English teogoth; related to Old Frisian tegotha, Old Saxon tegotho, Old High German zehando, Old Norse tīundi, Gothic taihunda
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Cultural definitions for tithe

tithe

A tenth part of one's annual income contributed to support the clergy or a church. The Mosaic law required the Israelites to pay a tithe for the support of worship.

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