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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
administer an oath (=be the official person who listens to it)
an oath of loyalty (=a promise to be loyal)
▪ They swore an oath of loyalty to their king.
commissioner for oaths
Hippocratic oath
sworn an oath
▪ Remember that you have sworn an oath and so must tell the truth.
▪ Adams was elected to the British Parliament, but refused to swear an oath to the English Queen.
▪ He admitted that he had lied under oath.
▪ He shouted oaths and curses as they took him away.
▪ Public officials must take an oath to support the U.S. Constitution.
▪ The president takes the oath of office in a public ceremony.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Oath \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''

    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''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English "oath, judicial swearing, solemn appeal to deity in witness of truth or a promise," from Proto-Germanic *aithaz (cognates: Old Norse eiðr, Swedish ed, Old Saxon, Old Frisian eth, Middle Dutch eet, Dutch eed, German eid, Gothic aiþs "oath"), from PIE *oi-to- "an oath" (cognates: Old Irish oeth "oath"). Common to Celtic and Germanic, possibly a loan-word from one to the other, but the history is obscure. In reference to careless invocations of divinity, from late 12c.


n. 1 A solemn pledge or promise to a god, king, or another person, to attest to the truth of a statement or contract 2 The affirmed statement or promise accepted as equivalent to an '''oath'''. 3 A light or insulting use of a solemn pledge or promise to a god, king or another person, to attest to the truth of a statement or contract the name of a deity in a profanity, as in ''swearing '''oaths'''''. vb. 1 (context archaic English) to pledge 2 shouting out (as in 'oathing obsenities')

  1. n. profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger; "expletives were deleted" [syn: curse, curse word, expletive, swearing, swearword, cuss]

  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 [syn: swearing]

  3. a solemn promise, usually invoking a divine witness, regarding your future acts or behavior; "they took an oath of allegience"


Traditionally an oath (from Anglo-Saxon, also called plight) is either a statement of fact or a promise with wording relating to something considered sacred as a sign of verity. A common legal substitute for those who conscientiously object to making sacred oaths is to give an affirmation instead. Nowadays, even when there's no notion of sanctity involved, certain promises said out loud in ceremonial or juridical purpose are referred to as oaths. To swear is a verb used to describe the taking of an oath, to making a solemn vow.

Oath (horse)

Oath (foaled 22 April 1996) is a retired Thoroughbred race horse, bred in Ireland and trained in the United Kingdom, best known for winning the 1999 Epsom Derby. He was injured in his next race and never ran again. He is currently an active sire in India.

Oath (disambiguation)

An oath is a solemn promise or attestation of truth, types of which include:

  • Hippocratic Oath, an oath historically taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine honestly
  • Oath of allegiance, an oath whereby a subject or citizen acknowledges a duty of allegiance and swears loyalty to monarch or country
  • Oath of citizenship, an oath taken by immigrants that officially naturalizes immigrants into citizens
  • Oath of office, an oath or affirmation a person takes before undertaking the duties of an office
  • Pauper's oath, a sworn statement or oath by a person that he or she is completely without any money or property
  • Veterinarian's Oath, an oath taken by veterinarians as practitioners of veterinary medicine in a manner similar to the Hippocratic Oath

Oath may also refer to:

  • Profanity
  • Oath, a deserted medieval village in the parish of Aller, Somerset
  • Oath (horse) (born 1996), racehorse
  • "Oath" (song), a 2012 song by Cher Lloyd and Becky G

OATH may also stand for:

  • Object-oriented Abstract Type Hierarchy
  • Initiative For Open Authentication
Oath (song)

"Oath" is a song by English singer and performer Cher Lloyd, featuring vocals from American rapper Becky G. The track was released on 2 October 2012, as the second single from the American version of Lloyd's debut studio album, Sticks and Stones, and the fourth single overall. "Oath", produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut, was played for the first time on New York radio station Z100 FM. The track was released as single in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand only. "Oath" was not as successful as Lloyd's previous single, " Want U Back", in the United States, debuting at number 99, and peaking at number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100. In New Zealand, following the major success of "Want U Back", which reached number three, "Oath" made a respectable impact, peaking at number 13, becoming Lloyd's third consecutive Top 20 hit in that country.

Usage examples of "oath".

The opposition also maintained that such a practice of raising troops was contrary to the oath of coronation, and that all who subscribed were abettors of perjury.

That is the fidelity of a woman speaking, for Sier Valence has already said that he has abjured his oaths for the sake of this woman, and she does not deny it.

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.

Though the ground was covered with snow, and the weather intensely cold, he travelled with such diligence, that the term prescribed by the proclamation was but one day elapsed when he reached the place, and addressed himself to sir John Campbell, sheriff of the county, who, in consideration of his disappointment at Fort-William, was prevailed upon to administer the oaths to him and his adherents.

All the officers then took an oath of allegiance to him, as their general and as adelantado of the whole country.

Didst thoo not tak what thoo called the oath of abjuration agen the King five years agone?

Now Henri, in plain white sewn with silver aiglettes, his black hair shining, looking well, touched the Book, kissed the Cross and was taking the oath.

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.

A fourteenth class was excepted, not from the benefits of the proclamation of amnesty, but from the necessity of taking the oath demanded from the other classes.

Having by the proclamation extended amnesty on the simple condition of an oath of loyalty to the Union and the Constitution, and obedience to the Decree of Emancipation, the President had established a definite and easily ascertainable constituency of white men in the South to whom the work of reconstructing civil government in the several States might be intrusted.

Instead of answering he went off to sleep, and did not awake for two hours after, when he asked if he could put off taking the oath.

Every director of the Argyle Museum is under solemn oath to make no public mention of any such information after he receives it.

Today the vital issue in this area of Constitutional Law is whether the treaty-making power is competent to assume obligations for the United States in the discharge of which the President can, without violation of his oath to support the Constitution, involve the country in large scale military operations abroad without authorization by the war-declaring power, Congress to wit.

Again, Lennox, on oath, averred that, as they rode to Perth, James told him the story of the lure, the pot of gold.

Dismounting before it, each knight avouched the justice of his cause by a solemn oath on the Evangelists, and prayed that his success might be according to the truth or falsehood of what he then swore.