The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

2 definitions found
 for Sware
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sware \Sware\,
     imp. of Swear. [Obs. or Poetic]
     [1913 Webster]
           Cophetua sware a royal oath.             --Tennyson.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Swear \Swear\, v. i. [imp. Swore, formerly Sware; p. p.
     Sworn; p. pr. & vb. n. Swearing.] [OE. swerien, AS.
     swerian; akin to D. zweren, OS. swerian, OHG. swerien, G.
     schw["o]ren, Icel. sverja, Sw. sv[aum]rja, Dan. svaerge,
     Icel. & Sw. svara to answer, Dan. svare, Dan. & Sw. svar an
     answer, Goth. swaran to swear, and perhaps to E. swarm.
     [root]177. Cf. Answer.]
     1. To affirm or utter a solemn declaration, with an appeal to
        God for the truth of what is affirmed; to make a promise,
        threat, or resolve on oath; also, to affirm solemnly by
        some sacred object, or one regarded as sacred, as the
        Bible, the Koran, etc.
        [1913 Webster]
              Ye shall swear by my name falsely.    --Lev. xix.
        [1913 Webster]
              I swear by all the Roman gods.        --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Law) To give evidence on oath; as, to swear to the truth
        of a statement; he swore against the prisoner.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. To make an appeal to God in an irreverant manner; to use
        the name of God or sacred things profanely; to call upon
        God in imprecation; to curse.
        [1913 Webster]
              [I] swore little; diced not above seven times a
              week.                                 --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
     To swear by, to place great confidence in a person or
        thing; to trust implicitly as an authority. "I simply
        meant to ask if you are one of those who swear by Lord
        Verulam." --Miss Edgeworth.
     To swear off, to make a solemn vow, or a serious
        resolution, to abstain from something; as, to swear off
        smoking. [Slang]
        [1913 Webster]

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229