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v. swore (swôr), sworn (swôrn), swear·ing, swears
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.
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.
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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swearer - someone who uses profanity
blasphemer - a person who speaks disrespectfully of sacred things
2.swearer - someone who takes a solemn oath
communicator - a person who communicates with others
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References in classic literature ?
Plummer was a miserable drunkard, a profane swearer, and a savage monster.
A powerful big voice had Peg Barney, an' a hard swearer he was whin sober.
I told him, "that in the kingdom of Tribnia, (3) by the natives called Langdon, (4) where I had sojourned some time in my travels, the bulk of the people consist in a manner wholly of discoverers, witnesses, informers, accusers, prosecutors, evidences, swearers, together with their several subservient and subaltern instruments, all under the colours, the conduct, and the pay of ministers of state, and their deputies.
I knew what was before me, and my wish, if not my word, was 'Would God it were evening!' It was no day of rest, but a day of texts, of catechisms (Watts'), of tracts about converted swearers, godly charwomen, and edifying deaths of sinners saved.
How the virtuous servant, Cly, was his friend and partner, and was worthy to be; how the watchful eyes of those forgers and false swearers had rested on the prisoner as a victim, because some family affairs in France, he being of French extraction, did require his making those passages across the Channel--though what those affairs were, a consideration for others who were near and dear to him, forbade him, even for his life, to disclose.
Swearer, Daniel O'Donnell and Marko Liias are included.
Similar views are found in Tibetan Buddhist community, where a "great majority of Tibetan monastics and lay people do not consider themselves capable of apprehending the exact nature of that which is embodied in a receptacle after consecration, they do possess some intuition that there is something sacred present there." (Cabezon and Geshe Thubten Tendar, 138) Donald Swearer observes that though modern Buddhologists such as "Eckel, Trainor and Kinnard do not definitively clarify the meaning of the claim that the Buddha is present in relics, images and other material signs, none interprets presence in a literal, physical sense" (Swearer, 2004: 113).
"Bad Things Happening." The sparks that galvanized researchers into exploring the whys and wherefores of modern-day school bullying originated from the trauma of school suicides and shootings (Espelage & Swearer, 2004; Smith, 2004; Smith & Brain, 2000).
Additionally, The Handbook of Bullying in Schools: An International Perspective (Jimerson, Swearer, & Espelage, 2009) provides a comprehensive overview of bullying and victimization at school.
The socio-ecological model of bullying (Swearer & Esplange, 2004), based on the ecological systems model of Bronfenbrenner (1977), is able to account for many of these theoretical positions.
Espelage and Swearer (2003) and Long and Pellegrini (2003), for example, describe bullying as a continuum of complex behaviors, with shifting fluidity, whereby bullies and victims exchange roles.