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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.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


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


nFluchen nt
References in classic literature ?
Andres went off rather down in the mouth, swearing he would go to look for the valiant Don Quixote of La Mancha and tell him exactly what had happened, and that all would have to be repaid him sevenfold; but for all that, he went off weeping, while his master stood laughing.
Her back was up and she was swearing like a medical student.
Swearing is the safety-valve through which the bad temper that might otherwise do serious internal injury to his mental mechanism escapes in harmless vaporing.
Swearing relieves the feelings--that is what swearing does.
An account of the Galles, and of the author's reception at the king's tent; Their manner of swearing, and of letting blood.
The manner of their swearing is this: they set a sheep in the midst of them, and rub it over with butter, the heads of families who are the chief in the nation lay their hands upon the head of the sheep, and swear to observe their promise.
We will announce it if we settle on a date for my swearing in, I could have not taken the oath even if I were at Uhuru Park during Raila's inauguration,' Kalonzo said.
The goal was to eliminate swearing, at least for a couple of weeks, with the hope that tightening our loose lips might also rid us of negativity.
But he has been acting like a loose cannon, indiscriminately swearing at real and imagined enemies.
Summary: This whole business of swearing was recalled recently while journeying on the bus to the shopping centre
Researchers at the University of Rochester quizzed 1,000 people about 400 typical behaviours, and discovered a strong like between intelligence and swearing.
We wish to inform all of our customers that we have introduced a zero tolerance policy against swearing in all of our pubs.