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President Cleveland held an umbrella over his head as he took the oath.

Chief Justice John Marshall administered the oath of office.

The oath taken in the presence of the people becomes a mutual covenant.

With an oath he turned on his heel and made for the uplands.

To respect an oath is a duty which the individual owes to society.

He submitted to the French power, took the oath of allegiance, and became a French citizen.

He sprang back with an oath, the guard smiled, and she began to pray his pardon.

He must take the oath; and you, with your life, will be responsible for his honesty?

Her persecutor stifled an oath, and sprung after and arrested her.

No doubt of it, replied one of them; and out came an oath, with a Who would not?

WORD ORIGIN

Old English "oath, judicial swearing, solemn appeal to deity in witness of truth or a promise," from Proto-Germanic *aithaz (cf. Old Norse eiðr, Swedish ed, Old Saxon, Old Frisian eth, Middle Dutch eet, Dutch eed, German eid, Gothic aiþs "oath"), from PIE *oi-to- "an oath" (cf. Old Irish oeth "oath"). In reference to careless invocations of divinity, from late 12c.

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