tithe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tithe pay a tenth of one's income, especially to the church "Although she left the church officially, she still tithes"
    • v tithe pay one tenth of; pay tithes on, especially to the church "He tithed his income to the Church"
    • v tithe levy a tithe on (produce or a crop) "The wool was tithed"
    • v tithe exact a tithe from "The church was tithed"
    • n tithe an offering of a tenth part of some personal income
    • n tithe a levy of one tenth of something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tithe A tenth; the tenth part of anything; specifically, the tenthpart of the increase arising from the profits of land and stock, allotted to the clergy for their support, as in England, or devoted to religious or charitable uses. Almost all the tithes of England and Wales are commuted by law into rent charges. "The tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil."
    • Tithe Hence, a small part or proportion.
    • a Tithe Tenth. "Every tithe soul, 'mongst many thousand."
    • v. t Tithe To levy a tenth part on; to tax to the amount of a tenth; to pay tithes on. "Ye tithe mint and rue."
    • v. i Tithe Tp pay tithes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tithe Tenth.
    • n tithe A tenth; the tenth part of anything; hence, any indefinitely small part.
    • n tithe A contribution or tax for some public use, either voluntary or enforced, of one tenth of the quantity or of the value of the subject from or on account of which it is paid; hence, any ratable tax payable in kind or by commutation of its value in money. The levying of tithes in kind on natural productions or the proceeds of industry was generally practised in ancient times, for both civil and ecclesiastical uses; and this is still the prevalent method of taxation for all purposes in Mohammedan countries. It was established and definitely regulated for the support of religion among the Hebrews; and it was revived for the support of the Christian church by a law of Charlemagne about the beginning of the ninth century, after some previous fluctuating use of it. Ecclesiastical tithes were always more or less oppressive and unequal in their incidence, and they have been generally abolished except in Great Britain, where they are still maintained, mainly in the shape of commuted rent-charges upon land. As there recognized, tithe is defined as the tenth part of the increase annually arising from the profits of land and stock and the personal industry of the inhabitants, allotted for the maintenance of the clergy or priesthood, for their support, and other church purposes. Under the ancient Jewish law, tithes of all produce, including flocks and cattle, were to be given to the Levite, and of this tithe or tenth a tenth was to be given to the priests. In modern ecclesiastical usage, tithes are divided into personal, predial, and mixed: personal, when accruing from labor, art, trade, and manufacture; predial, when issuing directly from the earth, as hay, wood, grain, and fruit; and mixed, when accruing from beasts which are fed from the ground. Another division of tithes is into great and small. Great tithes consist of all species of corn and grain, hay and wood; small tithes, of predial tithes of other kinds, together with mixed and personal tithes. In England great tithes belong to the rector, and are hence called parsonage or rectorial tithes; and the others are due to the vicar, and are hence called vicarage tithes. (See altarage, 2.) In England tithes are now often impropriated to laymen, ecclesiastical corporations, etc. Several acts of Parliament have been passed for the commutation of tithes in England and Ireland, the usual form being the conversion of tithes into a rent-charge called the tithe rent-charge, payable in money, and chargeable on the land. In regard to tithes in Scotland, see teind.
    • n tithe A tax assessed by the vestry of a parish.
    • tithe To subject to tithes or the payment of a tithe; impose a tithe or tenth of or upon.
    • tithe To pay tithes on; give or yield up a tithe of.
    • tithe To take or reckon by tenths or tens; take tithe or every tenth of.
    • tithe To pay tithes.
    • tithe To concede; grant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tithe tīth a tenth part, hence any indefinitely small part: the tenth of the produce of land and stock allotted for the maintenance of the clergy and other church purposes: any rateable tax payable in kind or by commutation of its value in money
    • v.t Tithe to tax to a tenth
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tithe, tethe, properly an adj., tenth, AS. teóa, the tenth; akin to tién, tn, tēn, ten, G. zehnte, adj., tenth, n., a tithe, Icel. tīund, the tenth; tithe, Goth. taíhunda, tenth. See Ten, and cf. Tenth Teind

Usage

In literature:

There might have been a chance for me if I'd had a tithe of your sense.
"The Tysons" by May Sinclair
It is impossible to mention even a tithe of the names of our better dialect writers.
"English Dialects From the Eighth Century to the Present Day" by Walter W. Skeat
In the autumn the vineyards belonging to the Abbey were to be inspected, and the due tithes of wine exacted.
"The Age of Erasmus" by P. S. Allen
Why, Mollie, he doesn't care for you one tithe of what I do.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
He explained that he wished to conquer public opinion without relinquishing a tithe of his convictions.
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola
Every fisherman and hunter had to pay a tithe.
"The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians" by E. A. Wallis Budge
What will ye say to Kathleen, when you affront her by supposing that a maiden girl has a tithe proctor in bed with her?
"Japhet, In Search Of A Father" by Frederick Marryat
An' along wid them goes the parsons, procthors, tithes an' taxes, all to the devil together.
"Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
I have not lived well, and nature is claiming her tithes.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I get.
"His Life" by William E. Barton, Theodore G. Soares, Sydney Strong
Now, if tithes might come to a layman, land in the hands of a layman might be also tithe-free.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Only a tithe of her was aware of the impertinence.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
After this John must tithe my share just as he tithes his own.
"The Measure of a Man" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Parson is the best thing, he hath such command of features, and he might take his tithes on horseback.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
He was Hannah's father, but he was a tithing-man, and looked quite stern, and Ann had always stood in great fear of him.
"The Adventures of Ann" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Last of all, the tithe and feudal dues were added to the burden.
"The French Revolution" by R. M. Johnston
Even his own tithe-holder, farmer Humphreys, was led away by the delusion.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
He would have put him to death for running the tithe of a risk.
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
As I rode home last night it seemed that I had not conveyed to you a tithe, nay, a thousandth part of what I feel.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
Is Spain a tithe as great as she was?
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
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In poetry:

The tithe can ne'er be paid by me
Of all the thanks I owe to thee,
Good God, the truth I freely own,
Was it but for this gift alone!
"A Morning Thanksgiving When We First Awake" by Rees Prichard
A tithe of what I know would cleanse
The leprosy of earth; and I -
My limits are like other men's.
I must live dumb, and dumb must die!
"Dumb" by Aleister Crowley
Then to the clergy cry amain,
Due food unto thy soul to give :
Since thou dost them with tithes maintain,
Bid them thy famish'd soul relieve.
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
The War-god wakened drowsily;
There were gold chains about his hands.
He said: "And who shall reap my lands
And bear the tithes to Death for me?
"The Wakened God" by Margaret Widdemer
`'Twas a cheery and wild—wood life I led,
But as pagan as bird or beast;
For I never was christened, or churched, or wed,
Or tithed by the village priest.
"The Fallen Elm" by Alfred Austin
Who robs his God, shall feel his curse;
For he, who tithes by fraud or force
With-holds, does heaven's blessings stop
And hinders th' earth to yield its crop.
"Godly Exhortations To A Child " by Rees Prichard

In news:

Did you know fewer than 5 percent of church donors actually tithe.
Outreach funded mostly by tithes.
Romney says tax returns would publicize private Mormon tithing.
Beck talked wistfully about the spiritual transformation he underwent after he embraced tithing, which is heavily encouraged by his Mormon church.
Happy 2nd birthday, TITH .
Anyone finding that out that he tithes 10 percent of his income would be very bad.
Congregants give an average of 2.58% of their incomes instead of tithing , giving 10%, studies say.
" Tithing is in decline," said the Rev.
This week, I would like to discuss the topic of tithing .
Tithing is a means of being blessed by God.
A brilliant tithing settlement schedule idea.
I suggested to them that a tithe represent 10 percent of your income.
Mitt Romney's tithing : Do voters see it as very generous or very Mormon.
Will his tithing invigorate the unease that many Americans feel toward the Mormon church.
LDS Storymakers and tithing settlement from 1896.
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