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Definitions of oath word
- noun plural oath a solemn appeal to a deity, or to some revered person or thing, to witness one's determination to speak the truth, to keep a promise, etc.: to testify upon oath. 1
- noun plural oath a statement or promise strengthened by such an appeal. 1
- noun plural oath a formally affirmed statement or promise accepted as an equivalent of an appeal to a deity or to a revered person or thing; affirmation. 1
- noun plural oath the form of words in which such a statement or promise is made. 1
- noun plural oath an irreverent or blasphemous use of the name of God or anything sacred. 1
- noun plural oath any profane expression; curse; swearword: He slammed the door with a muttered oath. 1
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Origin of oath
First appearance:before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English ooth, Old English āth; cognate with German Eid
Parts of speech for Oath
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".
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Synonyms for oath
- promise — a declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc., by one: unkept political promises.
- pledge — a solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something: a pledge of aid; a pledge not to wage war.
- vow — a solemn promise, pledge, or personal commitment: marriage vows; a vow of secrecy.
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- assurance — If you give someone an assurance that something is true or will happen, you say that it is definitely true or will definitely happen, in order to make them feel less worried.
Antonyms for oath
- break — When an object breaks or when you break it, it suddenly separates into two or more pieces, often because it has been hit or dropped.
- silence — absence of any sound or noise; stillness.
- kindness — the state or quality of being kind: kindness to animals.
- pleasantry — good-humored teasing; banter.
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