oath oath  /ˈoʊθ/


  1. (n) profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger
  2. (n) a commitment to tell the truth (especially in a court of law); to lie under oath is to become subject to prosecution for perjury
  3. (n) a solemn promise, usually invoking a divine witness, regarding your future acts or behavior


  1. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice is apparently not keen on going under oath for the Kean 911 commission.
  2. If Madison, Wisconsin lets elected officials take an anti-oath of office, Nancy Gibbs writes, democracy will suffer.
  3. The president again took an oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.


  1. Letters to the Editor Tuesday

    I admire Paula Deen. How many of us would have had the honesty and integrity to jeopardize ourselves by telling the truth under oath. Paula knew full well the consequences of admitting the use of the "N" word.
    on July 9, 2013     Source: Savannah Morning News

  2. Dane Cook announces new stand-up comedy tour

    LOS ANGELES, July 8 (UPI) -- Dane Cook says he plans to kick off "Under Oath," his latest U.S. stand-up comedy tour, Sept. 12 in Washington.
    on July 8, 2013     Source: UPI

  3. Marlborough resident takes oath in Sturbridge

    Odinir Braz of Marlborough was one of 95 people who took the Oath of Allegiance at Old Sturbridge Village on July 4, becoming one of the United States' newest citizens.  
    on July 8, 2013     Source: The MetroWest Daily News

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  1. "This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed," Obama said, when "a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath."
    on Jan 20, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Media General Washington Bureau

  2. In his letter, Goode said: "When I raise my hand to take the oath on Swearing In Day, I will have the Bible in my other hand."
    on Dec 20, 2006 By: Virgil Goode Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription)

  3. "We pause today to remember them," Vice President Joe Biden said. "They gave their lives fulfilling their oath to this nation and to us."
    on May 31, 2010 By: Joe Biden Source: ABC News

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