tithing

[tahy-th ing]

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.

Nearby words

  1. titfer,
  2. tithable,
  3. tithe,
  4. tithe barn,
  5. tither,
  6. tithonia,
  7. tithonus,
  8. titi,
  9. titian,
  10. titian red

Origin of tithing

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

tithe

[tahyth]

noun

Sometimes tithes. the tenth part of agricultural produce or personal income set apart as an offering to God or for works of mercy, or the same amount regarded as an obligation or tax for the support of the church, priesthood, or the like.
any tax, levy, or the like, especially of one-tenth.
a tenth part or any indefinitely small part of anything.

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

to give or pay a tithe or tenth of (produce, money, etc.).
to give or pay tithes on (crops, income, etc.).
to exact a tithe from (a person, community, parish, etc.).
to levy a tithe on (crops, income, etc.).

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

tithing

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

tithe

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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Word Origin and History for tithing
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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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