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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 [informal], cussword [N. Amer, informal]
  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 [informal], blaspheme, imprecate, eff [Brit, informal], eff and blind [Brit]
  2. To declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    "Before God I swear I am innocent";
    - affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver
  3. Promise solemnly; take an oath
  4. Make a deposition; declare under oath
    - depose, depone
  5. Have faith or confidence in
    - count, bet, depend, rely, bank, look, calculate, reckon

Derived forms: swearings

See also: swear off [informal]

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

Encyclopedia: Swearing