Definitions of oath

  1. affirming the truth of a statement; to lie under oath is to become subject to prosecution for perjury
  2. a commitment to tell the truth ( especially in a court of law); to lie under oath is to become subject to prosecution for perjury
  3. a solemn promise, usually invoking a divine witness, regarding your future acts or behavior; " they took an oath of allegience"
  4. A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with a reverent appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. An attestation that one will tell the truth, or a promise to fulfill a pledge, often calling upon God as a witness. The best known oath is probably the witnesspledge “ to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truthduring a legal proceeding. In another context, a public official usually takes anoath of officebefore assuming her position, in which she declares that she will faithfully perform her duties.
  9. A solemn declaration that one speaks the truth, with an appeal to God as witness; a profane use of the name of God or of any sacred thing.
  10. A solemn statement with an appeal to God as witness, and a calling for his vengeance in case of faisehood or failure:- pl. OATHS ( othz).
  11. A solemn affirmation with an appeal to God; a blasphemous use of the name of the Deity.
  12. A solemn appeal to God or to something holy in support of a statement.
  13. A blasphemous use of the name of the Deity or of anything sacred.
  14. A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed; a profane imprecation. Oath of allegiance, the oath which binds the subject to bear true allegiance to the British- sovereign. Oath of abjuration, an oath introduced after the Revolution of 1688, for the purpose of excluding the Stuart family from the throne. Oath of supremacy, the oath which establishes the supremacy of the British sovereign over every other power, spiritual and temporal in the realm.

Usage examples for oath

  1. Their eyes met; an oath broke from his lips. – Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  2. We had but just turned the corner toward Llanbrecht, when, I take my solemn oath, I heard a deep- drawn sigh! – Seven Frozen Sailors by George Manville Fenn
  3. I was on the jury when these facts were stated on oath. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  4. I'll take my oath to it. – Humour of the North by Lawrence J. Burpee
  5. You reminded me last night of my oath to you. – A Tar-Heel Baron by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
  6. The one that didn't faint away got the best look at him, and she's ready to take oath he ain't more'n half human. – The Happy Family by Bertha Muzzy Bower
  7. I did swear an oath certainly. – The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope
  8. Myrrhina told Phidippus that my oath Convinc'd her, and she held you clear. – The Comedies of Terence by Publius Terentius Afer
  9. Is not an oath an oath, however it is taken? – Don Orsino by F. Marion Crawford
  10. He always spoke to the president as if he were giving testimony under oath. – H. R. by Edwin Lefevre
  11. And the whole court say upon their oath that the said Richard has greater right in the said land than anyone else. – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  12. And Nehemiah made them take oath to carry out their promise. – Hebrew Life and Times by Harold B. Hunting
  13. Can you take your oath- could you take your oath in open court that he is the man? – The Other Side of the Door by Lucia Chamberlain
  14. They would not have caught us alive, you may take your oath. – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  15. Remember the oath of Maduna, Lady, in the hour of your need, and do you, my brother, bear witness to it among our people. – Benita, An African Romance by H. Rider Haggard
  16. If he had a mind to have it placed to his credit as his own, then an oath would be necessary; but in this case any one would believe him upon his word. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  17. And that would be keeping my oath? – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell
  18. And take my oath upon it, you alone can save her from that." – Richard Carvel, Volume 5 by Winston Churchill
  19. With an oath he closed them together. – Tess of the Storm Country by Grace Miller White