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I have taken an oath in my heart to oppose communism until the day I die.
Eldridge Cleaver

Meaning of "oath" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD OATH

Old English āth; related to Old Saxon, Old Frisian ēth, Old High German eid.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF OATH

oath  [əʊθ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF OATH

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Oath is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES OATH MEAN IN ENGLISH?

oath

Oath

Traditionally an oath is either a statement of fact or a promise with wording relating to something considered sacred as a sign of verity. Legal substitute for those who conscientiously object to making a sacred oath 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.

Definition of oath in the English dictionary

The first definition of oath in the dictionary is a solemn pronouncement to affirm the truth of a statement or to pledge a person to some course of action, often involving a sacred being or object as witness related adjective juratory. Other definition of oath is the form of such a pronouncement. Oath is also an irreverent or blasphemous expression, esp one involving the name of a deity; curse.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE OATH

oarweed
oary
OAS
oases
oasis
oast
oast house
Oastler
oat
oat grass
oatcake
oaten
oater
Oates
oath of allegiance
oath-taking
oathable
oatlike
oatmeal
oats

WORDS THAT END LIKE OATH

aftermath
bath
beneath
breath
death
heath
in at the death
in the same breath
math
out of breath
path
put to death
Sabbath
sheath
take an oath
to death
underneath
with bated breath
wrath
wreath

Synonyms and antonyms of oath in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «OATH»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «oath» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of oath

Translation of «oath» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF OATH

Find out the translation of oath to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of oath from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «oath» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

誓言
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

juramento
570 millions of speakers

English

oath
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

शपथ
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

قَسَمٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

клятва
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

juramento
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

Oates
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

serment
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Oates
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Eid
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

誓い
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

서약
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Oates
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

lời tuyên thệ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஓட்ஸ்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ओट्स
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Oates
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

giuramento
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

przysięga
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

присяга
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

jurământ
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

όρκος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

eed
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

ed
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ed
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of oath

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «OATH»

The term «oath» is very widely used and occupies the 21.142 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «OATH» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «oath» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «oath» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about oath

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10 QUOTES WITH «OATH»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word oath.
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Ami Bera
When I took the Hippocratic oath and was effectively 'sworn in' as a doctor, I took the same vow that doctors have taken for generations. Patient autonomy is core to this oath.
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Ami Bera
Patient autonomy is paramount to the oath that we take when we enter the profession of medicine. That is why I am appalled when the federal government gets between my patients and their right to the full range of medical information and complete access to health care.
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James L. Buckley
Unfortunately, in today's world we have to be reminded that the power of an oath derives from the fact that in it we ask God to bear witness to the promises we make with the implicit expectation that He will hold us accountable for the manner in which we honor them.
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James L. Buckley
In the last analysis, of course, an oath will encourage fidelity in office only to the degree that officeholders continue to believe that they cannot escape ultimate accountability for a breach of faith.
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Mangosuthu Buthelezi
And the basis on which we agreed to operate with them involved a manifesto, where it states that we proceed from different ideologies and policies. One thing that we insisted on was that they should take an oath to reject racism and discrimination.
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Jane Byrne
Tonight - by taking this solemn oath - I am no longer a private citizen but the Mayor of the City of Chicago.
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Michael Cadnum
Through language, we can tell the truth and hear the truth spoken, just as we can be deceived. Sometimes it's a painful realization: we can be lied to. As I write, I think of myself as putting my eye under oath, so that what I write is the truth about my characters.
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William Lacy Clay, Jr.
We have to have a national conversation about how police forces should interact with the African-American community, who happens to be paying their salary, who want to be served and protected, who these officers are take an oath to do so.
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Eldridge Cleaver
I have taken an oath in my heart to oppose communism until the day I die.
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Rahm Emanuel
The person who takes the oath of office in the next four months will shape not just the next four years, but the next forty years of our nation. In these next four years, we need proven leadership, proven judgment and proven values. America needs four more years of President Barack Obama.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «OATH»

Discover the use of oath in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to oath and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court
Presents an insider's account of the ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration, tracing several landmark cases and the strong views that will be shaping the Court of the near future.
Jeffrey Toobin, 2013
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The Oath
An ancient sin. A long forgotten oath. A town with a deadly secret. Something evil is at work in Hyde River, an isolated mining town in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
Frank Peretti, 2011
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The Hippocratic Oath and the Ethics of Medicine
This short work examines what the Hippocratic Oath said to Greek physicians 2400 years ago and reflects on its relevance to medical ethics today.
Steven H. Miles, 2005
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The Tennis Court Oath: A Book of Poems
A 35th anniversary edition of classic work from a celebrated American poet who has received the Pulitzer Prize, the national Book Award, and the national Book Critics Circle Award.
John Ashbery, 2011
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The MBA Oath: Setting a Higher Standard for Business Leaders
This book is the manifesto for the movement. It provides not only a strong case for why the MBA Oath is necessary but also examples of how it can be applied in the real world.
Max Anderson, Peter Escher, 2010
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Dragon's Oath: House of Night Novella:
Beginning with Dragon Lankford, DRAGON'S OATH tells the story of the House of Night's formidable fencing instructor and warrior, whose mercy for one beast in the past will come back to haunt him in the future.
P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast, 2011
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The Oath of the Vayuputras
Today, Shiva is a god.
Amish, 2014
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Oath of Swords
Bahzell Bahnakson, one of the Hradani, a race that is despised for their rages, thirst for blood, and generally uncivilized behavior, runs afoul of the War God and ends up in trouble involving sorcery, demons, and a great deal more.
David Weber, 2006
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Oath Betrayed: America's Torture Doctors
Dr. Miles writes in a white rage, with great justification--but he lets the facts tell the story."--Seymour M. Hersh "Steven Miles has written exactly the book we require on medical complicity in torture.
Steven H. Miles, 2009
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Promises to Keep: The Oath in Biblical Narrative
This study seeks to fill that vacuum. This study demonstrates that by perceiving the oath as a literary device for plot and character development, additional or more precise meanings may be revealed in the biblical stories.
Yael Ziegler, 2008

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «OATH»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term oath is used in the context of the following news items.
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Memo reiterates new citizens can refuse oath to bear arms, defend …
The phrase referring to bearing arms – which first appeared in 1952 – will remain in the standard oath that foreign nationals have recited. «Fox News Latino, Jul 15»
2
Hundreds take oath of citizenship at Saenger
This morning 194 people took the oath of citizenship inside the Saenger Theatre on Palafox Street and became American citizens. Senior US. «Pensacola News Journal, Jul 15»
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Oath Keepers surrounding Johnstown military center
JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Oath Keepers are guarding the Armed Forces Career Center in Johnstown on Route 30. It's a small ... «NEWS10 ABC, Jul 15»
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Trump Ignores McCain's Forsworn Senatorial Oath, Insulting POW …
Instead, he took a callous dig at every American ever taken prisoner by our enemies in the course of keeping the oath they take to obey their ... «Daily Caller, Jul 15»
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Court: Wrong jury oath doesn't spoil murder convictions
As the trial was starting, a court clerk gave the wrong oath to jurors. They were given an oath that's typically used when jurors are interviewed ... «The Macomb Daily, Jul 15»
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Loyalty oath may hinder MPs' plans to leave PAS
Their plan to leave PAS has kicked off a social media debate among members about its unique Islamic oath system, called bai'ah, which the ... «The Straits Times, Jul 15»
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Judy Huth Lawsuit Could Have Bill Cosby Testifying Under Oath
If Cosby ultimately testifies, it would be the first time the comedian has spoken under oath about past alleged sexual assaults since the 2005 ... «Mic, Jul 15»
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Shooter told victim to lie under oath, troopers say
SUNBURY — The Mount Carmel man held on $1 million bail on charges that include attempted murder tried to coerce his alleged victim into ... «Sunbury Daily Item, Jul 15»
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More than 200 to take oath of citizenship
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida will host a naturalization ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday at the Saenger Theatre, 118 S. «Pensacola News Journal, Jul 15»
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Letter: President failing to uphold oath of office?
Somewhat recently a “Draw Mohammad Contest” was held in Texas by Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative. «Asheville Citizen-Times, Jul 15»

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