tithing

[ tahy-th ing ]
/ ˈtaɪ ðɪŋ /

noun

a giving or an exacting of tithes.
a grouping of men, originally 10 in number, for legal and security purposes in the Anglo-Saxon and Norman system of frankpledge.
a rural division in England, originally regarded as one tenth of a hundred, descended from this system.

Origin of tithing

before 950; Middle English; Old English tigething. See tithe, -ing1

Definition for tithing (2 of 2)

tithe

[ tahyth ]
/ taɪð /

noun


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

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

to give or pay a tithe.
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
Related formstithe·less, adjectiveun·tithed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tithing (1 of 2)

tithing

/ (ˈtaɪðɪŋ) /

noun English history

  1. a tithe; tenth
  2. the exacting or paying of tithes
a company of ten householders in the system of frankpledge
a rural division, originally regarded as a tenth of a hundred

British Dictionary definitions for tithing (2 of 2)

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 Formstither, 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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Culture definitions for tithing

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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