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swear

 (swâr)
v. swore (swôr), sworn (swôrn), swear·ing, swears
v.intr.
1. To make a solemn declaration, invoking a deity or a sacred person or thing, in confirmation of and witness to the honesty or truth of such a declaration.
2. To make a solemn promise; vow.
3. To use obscene or blasphemous language; curse.
4. Law To commit oneself by oath to giving evidence or testimony that is truthful.
v.tr.
1.
a. To declare or affirm solemnly by invoking a deity or a sacred person or thing: swore on the Bible that he would tell the truth.
b. To say or affirm earnestly and with great conviction: I swear that I will pay you back.
2. To promise or pledge with a solemn oath; vow: He swore to do his duty. See Synonyms at promise.
3. To utter or bind oneself to (an oath).
4. Law To administer a legal oath to: All the witnesses have been sworn.
n.
A swearword.
Phrasal Verbs:
swear at
To use vulgar language against; curse:
swear by
1. To have great reliance on or confidence in: He swears by his personal physician.
2. To have reliable knowledge of; be sure of: I think she left early, but I couldn't swear by it.
3. To take an oath by: He swore by all the angels and saints of heaven.
swear in
To administer a legal or official oath to: swear in a mayor.
swear off Informal
To pledge to renounce or give up: She has sworn off cigarettes.
swear out Law
1. To attest to (an affidavit or complaint) by oath.
2. To swear to evidence under oath in order to obtain (a warrant for arrest).

[Middle English sweren, from Old English swerian; see swer- in Indo-European roots.]

swear′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swearing - profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or angerswearing - profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger; "expletives were deleted"
profanity - vulgar or irreverent speech or action
2.swearing - a commitment to tell the truth (especially in a court of law)swearing - a commitment to tell the truth (especially in a court of law); to lie under oath is to become subject to prosecution for perjury
dedication, commitment - a message that makes a pledge

swearing

noun bad language, cursing, profanity, blasphemy, cussing (informal), foul language, imprecations, malediction a stream of swearing and abuse
Quotations
"Expletive deleted" [editor of Nixon's Watergate tapes]
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swearing

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