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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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''  --Shak. 
  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''  --Shak. 

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