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Tháng Tám 17, 2007

oath

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Pronounced:
IPA: primary stressoʊθ
Collegiate Dictionary: primary stressōth
Function: noun [count]
Plural:
oaths
Pronounced:
IPA: primary stressoʊðz
Collegiate Dictionary: primary stressōthz
Meanings:
1 : a formal and serious promise to tell the truth or to do something
Examples: <The Queen required that her assistants take/swear an oath of loyalty to her. [=formally promise to remain loyal to her]> <an oath to defend the nation> Note: A person who has an important political position often takes an oath of office when beginning that position. An oath of office is a formal promise to do your job according to the law.
2 old-fashioned : an obscene or impolite word that is used to express anger or frustration
Example: <He uttered an oath and walked away.>
Idiom:
under oath

Meaning:
: making or having made a formal promise to tell the truth in a court of law : swearing or having sworn an oath
Examples: <In a U.S. court of law, a witness must swear under oath to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”> <He said in testimony given under oath that he was not there the night of the crime.>
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