swearing

Definitions

  • Harold prepares to swear his oath in front of the court
    Harold prepares to swear his oath in front of the court
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n 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
    • n swearing profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger "expletives were deleted"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Hannibal, whilst even yet a child, swears eternal hatred to the Romans Hannibal, whilst even yet a child, swears eternal hatred to the Romans

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, a car driver will swear or blashpheme 32,025 times in their lifetime while driving
    • Swearing a. & n. from Swear v. "Idle swearing is a cursedness."
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Quotations

  • Mark Twain
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    “When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.”
  • Sydney Smith
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    “Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.”
  • Langston Hughes
    Langston Hughes
    “I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, why Democracy means, everybody but me.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
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    “Utility is the great idol of the age, to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance.”
  • Gutzkow
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    “There must be hearts which know the depths of our being, and swear by us, even when the whole world forsakes us.”
  • Billy Boy Franklin
    Billy Boy Franklin
    “If a lie is repeated often enough all the dumb jackasses in the world not only get to believe it, they even swear by it.”

Idioms

Swear like a sailor - Someone who is foul-mouthed and uses bad language all the time, swears like a sailor.
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Swear like a trooper - Someone who is foul-mouthed and uses bad language all the time, swears like a trooper.
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Usage

In literature:

I swear it by my knighthood.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
Take McCloskey: you swear by him, don't you?
"The Taming of Red Butte Western" by Francis Lynde
Swear, I will kill thee else, that thou art not speaking to curry favor with me.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
Could you swear to him?
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
Swear loudly, and put your whole mind to it.
"Doctor Claudius, A True Story" by F. Marion Crawford
I must hide it, bury it, and you must help and swear on the Bible not to tell so long as I live.
"Bessie's Fortune" by Mary J. Holmes
You know he is crazy, and so do I, and I'll swear to it on a stack of Bibles as high as the house.
"Tracy Park" by Mary Jane Holmes
In the name of truth I swear, O goddess, that I shall do thy bidding.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Drinking, fighting, and swearing, are the three great characteristics of every people.
"Phil Purcel, The Pig-Driver; The Geography Of An Irish Oath; The Lianhan Shee" by William Carleton
I swear I won't venture out, to-night at any rate.
"The Riddle of the Frozen Flame" by Mary E. Hanshew
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In poetry:

Luckless boy! and all for hair
He never asked, you said?
'Not just--but then he gazed--I swear
He gazed it from my head!
"A Girl's Sin - In Her Eyes" by Francis Thompson
But he'd his arm araand thi waist,
An tho' thi face wor hid,
Aw'll swear aw saw him kuss thi:--
That's what aw niver did.
"Latter Wit" by John Hartley
One foot on shadowy waters,
One foot on the earthly shore;
He swears to the shrinking mortal,
That his time shall be no more.
"A Legend Of Buckingham Village" by Nora Pembroke
—"But, Mistress Damon—I can swear
Thy goodman John is dead!
And soon th'lt hear their feet who bear
His body to his bed."
"The Slow Nature" by Thomas Hardy
Should they whisper false of you.
Never trouble to deny;
Should the words they say be true,
Weep and storm and swear they lie.
"Superfluous Advice" by Dorothy Parker
"Why did you promise love to me,
And not that promise keep?
Why did you swear my eyes were bright,
Yet leave those eyes to weep?
"William And Margaret" by Henry Morley

In news:

Army pinky-swears top terrorist is dead.
Patrick Killeen swears tonight will be just like any other.
Valerie Luu's cousin swears by the ginger chicken sold by his favorite xoi ga street hawker in the Vietnamese city of Can Tho.
Some people swear Listerine keeps mosquitoes away--in addition to the germs that cause bad breath.
Here is the text of Bush's remarks at the swearing-in ceremony for senior members of the White House staff on Jan 22, 2001.
Robert Macabobby swears that he didn't plan it this way.
Swearing-in of new Stuart Police Chief David Dyess.
Final story about the Super Bowl, I swear.
He swears and he bites, but other than that he's not half bad.
Winnipeg Free Press > World > Parrot seeks new home: He swears and he bites, but other than that he's not half bad.
The Secret Hair Products Star Stylists Swear By.
Huma Abedin with her husband Rep Anthony Weiner at his ceremonial swearing-in in January.
In the flurry of swearings-in for local elected officials this week, none drew as much attention as that of McLennan County Commissioner Joe Mashek.
The Periodic Table of Swearing ( Photo courtesy of Modern Toss ).
Last year we introduced you to Barista Bath and Body, the Portland brand who swears that caffeine is the ultimate beauty secret weapon.
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