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Noun: swearing  sweh-ring
  1. Profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger
    - curse, curse word, expletive, oath, swearword, cuss, cussword [N. Amer]
     
  2. A commitment to tell the truth (especially in a court of law); to lie under oath is to become subject to prosecution for perjury
    - oath
     
  3. The use of language considered offensive, obscene or taboo
    - foul language, strong language, bad language
Verb: swear (swore,sworn)  swehr
  1. Utter obscenities or profanities
    "The drunken men were swearing loudly in the street";
    - curse, cuss, blaspheme, imprecate, eff and blind [Brit], eff [Brit]
     
  2. To declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    "Before God I swear I am innocent";
    - affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan
     
  3. Promise solemnly; take an oath
     
  4. Make a deposition; declare under oath
    - depose, depone
     
  5. Have confidence or faith in
    "I swear by my grandmother's recipes";
    - trust, rely, bank

Derived forms: swearings

See also: swear off

Type of: believe, commitment, declare, dedication, express, give tongue to, profanity, pronounce, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize, vow

Encyclopedia: Swearing

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