IPA: ˈoʊθ


  • A solemn pledge or promise that invokes a deity, a ruler, or another entity (not necessarily present) to attest the truth of a statement or sincerity of one's desire to fulfill a contract or promise.
  • A statement or promise which is strengthened (affirmed) by such a pledge.
  • A light, irreverent or insulting appeal to a deity or other entity.
  • A curse, a curse word.


  • (archaic) To pledge.

Examples of "oath" in Sentences

  • The Jews mock and jeer at oaths.
  • The council also took oaths of fealty.
  • The taking of the oath is a procedural matter.
  • The judicial oath is the foundation of justice.
  • Hostages were exchanged as sureties for the oaths.
  • The day he took the oath is the day we came of age.
  • Clark discussed the oath and the affidavit separately.
  • The oath to Hitler was a minor element in the complicity.
  • The Clerk then administers the Oath or Solemn Affirmation.
  • Spartacus swears to the oath of the brotherhood of the gladiator.
  • The italicized parts of the oath are the alternatives for atheists.
  • Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms.
  • Their oath is to do no harm, but they haven't even spoken about healthcare reform before now.
  • March 18th, 2010 at 11: 43 am jbrantow says: sorry iw local … but the doctors oath is to treat the ill, not kick them out of the er.
  • This was an old Roman custom, and apparently what they said for an oath translates as "Bet your testicles that I am telling the truth, your honor."
  • March 18th, 2010 at 11: 47 am iw local 03 says: jbrantow says: sorry iw local … but the doctors oath is to treat the ill, not kick them out of the er.
  • V. iii.129 (478,1) Behold, it is the privilege of mine honours,/My oath, and my profession] The _privilege_ of this _oath_ means the privilege gained by taking the oath administered in the regular initiation of a knight professed.
  • Flemyng mentions, in a letter to Cecil, November 29, 1563, that O'Neill told him, when about to take the oaths of his people to an agreement with the Queen, that "Cusack did not give them their oath so, _but let me give them their oath_."
  • Council-General, -- some of which depositions were upon oath, some upon honor, and others neither upon _oath_ nor _honor_, but all or most of which were of an irregular and irrelevant nature, and not fit or decent to be taken by a British magistrate, or to be transmitted to a British government.
  • Hastings objected to his being put to his oath; that the question was nevertheless put to him, in consequence of a resolution of the board; that he first declined to swear, under pretence _that it was a matter of serious consequence to his character to take an oath_, and, when it was finally left to his option, he declared, "Mean people might swear, but that his character would not allow him, -- that he could not swear, and had rather subject himself to a loss."

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