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swear


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Swear  \Swear\,  v.  t. 
  1.  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.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  (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. 
 
  3.  To  declare  or  charge  upon  oath;  as  he  swore  treason 
  against  his  friend.  --Johnson. 
 
  4.  To  appeal  to  by  an  oath. 
 
  Now  by  Apollo,  king,  Thou  swear'st  thy  gods  in 
  vain.  --Shak. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
  [root]177.  Cf  {Answer}.] 
  1.  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. 
  12. 
 
  I  swear  by  all  the  Roman  gods.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  (Law)  To  give  evidence  on  oath;  as  to  swear  to  the  truth 
  of  a  statement;  he  swore  against  the  prisoner. 
 
  3.  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.  --Shak. 
 
  {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.''  --Miss  Edgeworth. 
 
  {To  swear  off},  to  make  a  solemn  vow,  or  a  serious 
  resolution,  to  abstain  from  something  as  to  swear  off 
  smoking.  [Slang] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  swear 
  v  1:  utter  obscenities  [syn:  {curse},  {cuss},  {blaspheme},  {imprecate}] 
  2:  to  declare  or  affirm  as  true:  "Before  God  I  swear  I  am 
  innocent."  [syn:  {affirm},  {assert},  {avow},  {aver},  {swan}] 
  3:  promise  solemnly;  take  an  oath 
  4:  make  a  deposition;  declare  under  oath  [syn:  {depose},  {depone}] 
  5:  have  confidence  or  faith  in  "We  can  trust  in  God";  "Rely  on 
  your  friends";  "bank  on  your  good  education"  [syn:  {trust}, 
  {rely},  {bank}]  [ant:  {distrust},  {distrust}] 




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