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Meaning of OATH

Pronunciation:  owth

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  affirming the truth of a statement; to lie under oath is to become subject to prosecution for perjury
  2. [n]  profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger; "expletives were deleted"

OATH is a 4 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: curse, curse word, cuss, expletive, swearing, swearword
 See Also: commitment, dedication, Hippocratic oath, profanity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Oath\ ([=o]th), n.; pl. {Oaths} ([=o][th]z). [OE. othe,
oth, ath, AS. [=a][eth]; akin to D. eed, OS. [=e][eth], G.
eid, Icel. ei[eth]r, Sw. ed, Dan. eed, Goth. ai[thorn]s; cf.
OIr. oeth.]
1. A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with a reverent
   appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed. ``I have
   an oath in heaven'' --Shak.

         An oath of secrecy for the concealing of those
         [inventions] which we think fit to keep secret.

2. A solemn affirmation, connected with a sacred object, or
   one regarded as sacred, as the temple, the altar, the
   blood of Abel, the Bible, the Koran, etc.

3. (Law) An appeal (in verification of a statement made) to a
   superior sanction, in such a form as exposes the party
   making the appeal to an indictment for perjury if the
   statement be false.

4. A careless and blasphemous use of the name of the divine
   Being, or anything divine or sacred, by way of appeal or
   as a profane exclamation or ejaculation; an expression of
   profane swearing. ``A terrible oath'' --Shak.

Computing Dictionary

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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are taking an oath in your dream means strife and disharmony in your present situation. Dreaming that you refuse to take an oath indicates an immediate change for the better.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: A solemn pledge made under a sense of responsibility in attestation of the truth of a statement or in verification of a statement made.
Easton Bible Dictionary

a solemn appeal to God, permitted on fitting occasions (Deut. 6:13; Jer. 4:2), in various forms (Gen. 16:5; 2 Sam. 12:5; Ruth 1:17; Hos. 4:15; Rom. 1:9), and taken in different ways (Gen. 14:22; 24:2; 2 Chr. 6:22). God is represented as taking an oath (Heb. 6:16-18), so also Christ (Matt. 26:64), and Paul (Rom. 9:1; Gal. 1:20; Phil. 1:8). The precept, "Swear not at all," refers probably to ordinary conversation between man and man (Matt. 5:34,37). But if the words are taken as referring to oaths, then their intention may have been to show "that the proper state of Christians is to require no oaths; that when evil is expelled from among them every yea and nay will be as decisive as an oath, every promise as binding as a vow."

Thesaurus Terms
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