Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Swear \Swear\, v. i. [imp. Swore, formerly Sware; p. p. Sworn; p. pr. & vb. n. Swearing.] [OE. swerien, AS. swerian; akin to D. zweren, OS. swerian, OHG. swerien, G. schw["o]ren, Icel. sverja, Sw. sv["a]rja, Dan. sv[ae]rge, Icel. & Sw. svara to answer, Dan. svare, Dan. & Sw. svar an answer, Goth. swaran to swear, and perhaps to E. swarm.
To affirm or utter a solemn declaration, with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed; to make a promise, threat, or resolve on oath; also, to affirm solemnly by some sacred object, or one regarded as sacred, as the Bible, the Koran, etc.
Ye shall swear by my name falsely.
--Lev. xix. 1
I swear by all the Roman gods.
2. (Law) To give evidence on oath; as, to swear to the truth of a statement; he swore against the prisoner.
To make an appeal to God in an irreverant manner; to use the name of God or sacred things profanely; to call upon God in imprecation; to curse.
[I] swore little; diced not above seven times a week.
To swear by, to place great confidence in a person or thing; to trust implicitly as an authority. ``I simply meant to ask if you are one of those who swear by Lord Verulam.''
To swear off, to make a solemn vow, or a serious resolution, to abstain from something; as, to swear off smoking. [Slang]
Swear \Swear\, v. t.
To utter or affirm with a solemn appeal to God for the truth of the declaration; to make (a promise, threat, or resolve) under oath.
Swear unto me here by God, that thou wilt not deal falsely with me.
--Gen. xxi. 23.
He swore consent to your succession.
(Law) To put to an oath; to cause to take an oath; to administer an oath to; -- ofetn followed by in or into; as, to swear witnesses; to swear a jury; to swear in an officer; he was sworn into office.
To declare or charge upon oath; as, he swore treason against his friend.
To appeal to by an oath.
Now, by Apollo, king, Thou swear'st thy gods in vain.
To swear the peace against one, to make oath that one is under the actual fear of death or bodily harm from the person, in which case the person must find sureties that he will keep the peace.
Swear or Swearing may refer to:
- Making an oath, also known as swearing an oath
Swear (Alan song)
"Swear" is a song recorded by Chinese singer Alan. "Swear" was written by Aico and Yuka Miyagawa and was produced by Kazuhito Kikuchi. The song was used as the theme song of Bourbon's Blanchul Mini Series commercial, in which Alan appears. The PV for the single was shot at Keisei Rose Garden. The B-side, "Beauty", was used as the commercial song for Yomeishu's Re:on Nutrition Drink Product. "Swear" was released as a truetone on September 17, 2009 and was released as a single on the Avex Trax label on November 4, 2009. "Swear" reached a peak of #35 on the weekly Oricon charts, and charted for three weeks.
Swear (Tim Scott McConnell song)
"Swear" was a 1980s pop song by Tim Scott McConnell and released by Sire Records in 1983. The music video to promote the song was a campy/tongue-in-cheek music video of a hippy-based pagan/black mass set in a church. The stylized music video is seemingly a parody of late 1960s to early 1970s hippy horror movies.
McConnell would later comment on the song: "This was my young and confused record...I wrote the songs over a couple of weeks on a little Casio keyboard...Sire heard it and offered me a deal...no use appologising for such a thing...my mistake... the good part of it was working with Richard Gottehrer ...really took me under his wing...shame we were working on the wrong kind of music.."
"Swear" was covered by Sheena Easton for her 1984 album A Private Heaven. It reached #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the following year.
Etymology 1 vb. 1 (lb en intransitive transitive) To take an oath. 2 (lb en intransitive) To use offensive language. Etymology 2
n. A swearword. Etymology 3
1 (context UK dialectal English) heavy. 2 (context UK dialectal English) top-heavy; too high. 3 (context UK dialectal English) dull; heavy; lazy; slow; reluctant; unwilling. 4 (context UK dialectal English) niggardly. 5 (context UK dialectal English) A lazy time; a short rest during working hours (especially field labour); a siesta. alt. 1 (context UK dialectal English) heavy. 2 (context UK dialectal English) top-heavy; too high. 3 (context UK dialectal English) dull; heavy; lazy; slow; reluctant; unwilling. 4 (context UK dialectal English) niggardly. 5 (context UK dialectal English) A lazy time; a short rest during working hours (especially field labour); a siesta. v
(context UK dialectal English) To be lazy; rest for a short while during working hours.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English swerian "take an oath" (class VI strong verb; past tense swor, past participle sworen), from Proto-Germanic *swarjan-, (cognates: Old Saxon swerian, Old Frisian swera, Old Norse sverja, Danish sverge, Middle Dutch swaren, Old High German swerien, German schwören, Gothic swaren "to swear"), from PIE root *swer- (1) "to speak, talk, say" (cognates: Old Church Slavonic svara "quarrel," Oscan sverrunei "to the speaker").\n
\nAlso related to the second element in answer. The secondary sense of "use bad language" (early 15c.) developed from the notion of "invoke sacred names." Swear off "desist as with a vow" is from 1898. Swear in "install in office by administration of an oath" is from 1700 in modern use, echoing Old English.
promise solemnly; take an oath
Usage examples of "swear".
Despite a conservative training--or because of it, for humdrum lives breed wistful longings of the unknown--he swore a great oath to scale that avoided northern cliff and visit the abnormally antique gray cottage in the sky.
Swearing under his breath, Ace hurried to help the abused woman to her feet.
Swearing under his breath, Ace hurried to help the young wife to her feet.
The gentleman having searched the lad, and found the partridge upon him, denounced great vengeance, swearing he would acquaint Mr.
They will find no Pelton, but they will find three women who will swear that, yes, you and your men demanded admittance last night, whereupon you behaved with drunken debauchery, fighting amongst yourselves.
He swore a thousand times that he adored me, that his intentions were honourable.
It was a sworn affidavit by Hermann Graebe, the manager and engineer of a branch office in the Ukraine of a German construction firm.
And, worse, she had betrayed most melancholy signs of sourness and agedness as soon as he had sworn himself to her fast and fixed.
I ask that you swear a new oath to me: to lead this ship to Alcazar and let us aid your guild in ridding your people of this curse.
Cuthan, Earl of Bryn, for Taras and Bru Mardan, and all their thanes, swear to defend the rights of him holding Hen Amas, to march to war under his command, to gather levies and revenues, to acknowledge him lord and sovereign over its claims and courts and to abide by his judgments in all disputes.
I transferred to the corporate world who swore to me when we met a year ago that Amado Carillo Fuentes is still alive.
CHERRYH ance and behavior it was both, and they could not swear to its influence.
In the first place the definite abolition of the annates meant that henceforth the election of archbishops and bishops must be under licence by the king and that they must swear allegiance to him before consecration.
My self-esteem was so wounded by this, and by his impoliteness in not answering my letter, with which he could certainly find no fault, whatever his criticism of my translation might be, that I became the sworn enemy of the great Voltaire.
Mikhail entered the armory to summon his men to the hunt he swore silently.