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tithe

 (tīth)
n.
1.
a. A portion of one's annual income contributed voluntarily or due as a tax, especially a contribution of one tenth of one's income for the support of the clergy or church.
b. The institution or obligation of paying tithes.
2. A tax or assessment of one tenth.
3.
a. A tenth part.
b. A very small part.
v. tithed, tith·ing, tithes
v.tr.
1. To pay (a portion of one's income) as a tithe.
2. To levy a tithe on.
v.intr.
To pay a tithe.

[Middle English, tithe consisting of a tenth part of one's goods or income, from Old English tēotha, tenth, tithe; see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots.]

tith′a·ble (tī′thə-bəl) adj.
tith′er n.
Word History: A tithe is a tenth, etymologically speaking; in fact, tithe is the old ordinal numeral in English. Sound changes in the prehistory of English are responsible for its looking so different from the word ten. Tithe goes back to a prehistoric West Germanic form *tehuntha-, formed from the cardinal numeral *tehun, "ten," and the same ordinal suffix that survives in Modern English as -th. The n disappeared before the th in the West Germanic dialect area that gave rise to English, and eventually yielded the Old English form tēothe, "tenth," still not too different from the cardinal numeral tīen. But over time, as the former became tithe and the latter ten, and as tithe developed the specialized meaning "a tenth part paid as a tax," it grew harder to perceive a relationship between the two. The result was that speakers of English created a new word for the ordinal, tenth, built with the cardinal numeral ten on the pattern of the other regularly formed ordinal numerals like sixth or seventh.

tithe

(taɪð)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (often plural) Christianity a tenth part of agricultural or other produce, personal income, or profits, contributed either voluntarily or as a tax for the support of the church or clergy or for charitable purposes
2. (Historical Terms) any levy, esp of one tenth
3. a tenth or very small part of anything
vb
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (tr)
a. to exact or demand a tithe or tithes from (an individual or group)
b. to levy a tithe upon (a crop or amount of produce, etc)
5. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (intr) to pay a tithe or tithes
[Old English teogoth; related to Old Frisian tegotha, Old Saxon tegotho, Old High German zehando, Old Norse tīundi, Gothic taihunda]
ˈtither n

tithe

(taɪð)

n., v. tithed, tith•ing. n.
1. Sometimes, tithes. the tenth part of goods or income paid as a tax for the support of the church.
2. any tax or levy esp. of one-tenth.
3. a tenth part or small part of something.
v.t.
4. to give or pay a tithe of (goods or money).
5. to give or pay tithes on, as income.
6. to exact a tithe from.
7. to levy a tithe on, as money.
v.i.
8. to give or pay a tithe.
[before 900; Middle English ti(ghe)the, Old English teogotha tenth]
tith′a•ble, adj.

tithe


Past participle: tithed
Gerund: tithing

Imperative
tithe
tithe
Present
I tithe
you tithe
he/she/it tithes
we tithe
you tithe
they tithe
Preterite
I tithed
you tithed
he/she/it tithed
we tithed
you tithed
they tithed
Present Continuous
I am tithing
you are tithing
he/she/it is tithing
we are tithing
you are tithing
they are tithing
Present Perfect
I have tithed
you have tithed
he/she/it has tithed
we have tithed
you have tithed
they have tithed
Past Continuous
I was tithing
you were tithing
he/she/it was tithing
we were tithing
you were tithing
they were tithing
Past Perfect
I had tithed
you had tithed
he/she/it had tithed
we had tithed
you had tithed
they had tithed
Future
I will tithe
you will tithe
he/she/it will tithe
we will tithe
you will tithe
they will tithe
Future Perfect
I will have tithed
you will have tithed
he/she/it will have tithed
we will have tithed
you will have tithed
they will have tithed
Future Continuous
I will be tithing
you will be tithing
he/she/it will be tithing
we will be tithing
you will be tithing
they will be tithing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tithing
you have been tithing
he/she/it has been tithing
we have been tithing
you have been tithing
they have been tithing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tithing
you will have been tithing
he/she/it will have been tithing
we will have been tithing
you will have been tithing
they will have been tithing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tithing
you had been tithing
he/she/it had been tithing
we had been tithing
you had been tithing
they had been tithing
Conditional
I would tithe
you would tithe
he/she/it would tithe
we would tithe
you would tithe
they would tithe
Past Conditional
I would have tithed
you would have tithed
he/she/it would have tithed
we would have tithed
you would have tithed
they would have tithed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tithe - a levy of one tenth of something
levy - a charge imposed and collected
2.tithe - an offering of a tenth part of some personal income
offering - money contributed to a religious organization
Verb1.tithe - exact a tithe from; "The church was tithed"
tithe - levy a tithe on (produce or a crop); "The wool was tithed"
bill, charge - demand payment; "Will I get charged for this service?"; "We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although we stayed only 3 nights"
2.tithe - levy a tithe on (produce or a crop); "The wool was tithed"
levy, impose - impose and collect; "levy a fine"
tithe - exact a tithe from; "The church was tithed"
3.tithe - pay one tenth of; pay tithes on, especially to the church; "He tithed his income to the Church"
tithe - pay a tenth of one's income, especially to the church; "Although she left the church officially, she still tithes"
4.tithe - pay a tenth of one's income, especially to the church; "Although she left the church officially, she still tithes"
pay - give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please"
tithe - pay one tenth of; pay tithes on, especially to the church; "He tithed his income to the Church"

tithe

noun tax, levy, duty, assessment, tribute, toll, tariff, tenth, impost The early church prescribed a tithe for its members.
Translations
delme

tithe

[taɪð] Ndiezmo m

tithe

[ˈtaɪð] ndîme f

tithe

n usu plZehnte m; to pay tithesden Zehnten bezahlen or abgeben

tithe

[taɪð] ndecima
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Not that he laid claim to the tithe pig; but, as an analogous mode of reverence, he went his rounds, every morning, to gather up the crumbs of the table and overflowings of the dinner-pot, as food for a pig of his own.
Besides, when making a passage from one feeding-ground to another, the sperm whales, guided by some infallible instinct -- say, rather, secret intelligence from the Deity --mostly swim in veins, as they are called; continuing their way along a given ocean-line with such undeviating exactitude, that no ship ever sailed her course, by any chart, with one tithe of such marvellous precision.
for ye pay tithe of mint, and anise, and cumin, and have omit- ted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith; these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Of barges, sailing colliers, and coasting traders, there were perhaps as many as now; but, of steam-ships, great and small, not a tithe or a twentieth part so many.
Not within the walls of York, ransack my house and that of all my tribe, wilt thou find the tithe of that huge sum of silver that thou speakest of.
If he had done a tithe of what was rumoured about him, how much he must have suffered
You'll want a portly rector to complete the picture, and take his tithe of all the respect and honour you get by your hard work.
They say that it is a pity, the devil should have God's part, which is the tithe.
Yet he had struck no brutal blow, he had uttered no disgraceful taunt, and probably not inflicted a tithe of the pain he had himself to bear.
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Such a lady gave a neighborliness to both rank and religion, and mitigated the bitterness of uncommuted tithe.
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