Definition of Swearing

1. Noun. Profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger. "Expletives were deleted"

Exact synonyms: Curse, Curse Word, Cuss, Expletive, Oath, Swearword
Generic synonyms: Profanity
Derivative terms: Curse, Curse, Cuss, Swear

2. Noun. A commitment to tell the truth (especially in a court of law); to lie under oath is to become subject to prosecution for perjury.
Exact synonyms: Oath
Generic synonyms: Commitment, Dedication
Derivative terms: Swear, Swear

Definition of Swearing

1. Verb. (present participle of swear) ¹

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Definition of Swearing

1. swear [v] - See also: swear

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Swearing

swear off
swear on a stack of Bibles
swear out
swear word
swear words
swearing (current term)
sweat bag
sweat bullets
sweat duct
sweat equity
sweat gland
sweat glands
sweat it out
sweat like a pig

Literary usage of Swearing

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1904)
"False swearing consists in knowingly and intentionally stating upon oath what is not true. A false statement, intentionally and knowingly or fraudulently ..."

2. Daniel Defoe: His Life and Recently Discovered Writings: Extending from 1716 by Lee, William, Daniel Defoe (1869)
"Against Profane swearing, Perjury, and Unnecessary Oaths. AJ, Feb. 16.—Sir, I find our Reformers, or Societies for Reformation, as they are called, ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"swearing by Yahweh was not at all irreligious (Deut. vi. 13, x. ... The sense in which these forms of swearing were used is shown by the ..."

4. Commentaries on the Laws of England by Herbert Broom, Edward Alfred Hadley, William Wait, William Blackstone (1875)
"Somewhat allied to the two preceding offences, though inferior in degree, is that of profane and common swearing and cursing. By the last vi. ..."

5. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence by Simon Greenleaf (1899)
"its discretion, adopt such mode of swearing such person; aud any Court may inquire of any person what are the peculiar ceremonies, observed in swearing, ..."

6. The Yale Literary Magazine by Lyman Hotchkiss Bagg, Yale University (1869)
"HARD swearing. THE habit of hard swearing, ... some may judge from our title, but in regard to the real value of hard swearing as a means of government. ..."

7. Handbook of the Law of Insurance by William Reynolds Vance (1904)
"The condition against frand or false swearing extends the rule applicable to statements made in procuring the contract to all matters concerning the ..."

8. The American Preceptor: Being a New Selection of Lessons for Reading and by Caleb Bingham (1817)
"... Ihan that very odious one of profane cursing and swearing. It cannot be expected that the force of moral principles should be very strong upon any one ..."

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