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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SWORE

She could feel the shears against her hair, and she was so scared she swore like he told her.

Where is this camp to which you swore that you would lead us?

There was a girl who swore she was innocent—yes, she swore that she was innocent.

He stormed and swore, and forbade Elizabeth ever coming in his sight again.

Edward swore a fierce oath that they should either go, or hang.

I've sworn more in a week since you left us, than I ever swore in my life before!

He was ordered into the boat at least half-a-dozen times, but swore he would not budge.

This brought on an explosion, and I swore I would quit the ship.

But the air was filled with rage and jealousy, and she swore a terrible revenge.

He stopt his horse, and swore she was the most beautiful creature he ever beheld.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English swerian "take an oath" (class VI strong verb; past tense swor, past participle sworen), from Proto-Germanic *swarjan-, (cf. Old Saxon swerian, Old Norse sverja, Danish sverge, Old Frisian swera, Middle Dutch swaren, Old High German swerien, German schwören, Gothic swaren "to swear"), from PIE root *swer- (1) "to speak, talk, say" (cf. Old Church Slavonic svara "quarrel"). Also related to the second element in answer. The secondary sense of "use bad language" (early 15c.) developed from the notion of "invoke sacred names." Swear-word is American English colloquial from 1883. Swear off "desist as with a vow" is from 1898.

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