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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.
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
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.
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.
In recent years, bullying has become recognized as an important educational problem (Carney, 2008; Swearer, Espelage, Vaillancourt, & Hymel, 2010).
In response to the growing body of literature on Buddhism and the environment, Ian Harris and Donald Swearer each have proposed typologies of eco-Buddhism.
Swearer (Buddhist studies and world religions, Harvard Divinity School) draws on the work of other scholars of course, but his account of Theravada Buddhism primarily reflects his own experience living and teaching in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos.
He said: "I used to be a terrible swearer and drinker, just like any other fellow, and I told lies, stole and used God's name in vain.
More recently we have had Donald Swearer, Becoming a Buddha: The Ritual of Image Consecration in Thailand (Princeton, 2004), and the collection of essays in From Material to Deity: Indian Rituals of Consecration, edited by Shingo Einoo and Jun Takashima (New Delhi, 2005).
The fact that there is a first-class education system backed by grammar schools of the highest order means that the average person's vocabulary is such that they are able to use more descriptive terms than that of the persistent swearer.
With the increasing demands on reading standards and accountability, an emphasis on home-school collaboration encourages professionals to integrate parental involvement in the schools (Esler, Godber, & Christenson, 2004; Sheridan, Napolitano, & Swearer, 2004).