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swear

v. 1) to declare under oath that one will tell the truth (sometimes "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth"). Failure to tell the truth, and do so knowingly, is the crime of perjury. 2) to administer an oath to a witness that he/she will tell the truth, which is done by a notary public, a court clerk, a court reporter, or anyone authorized by law to administer oaths. 3) to install into office by administering an oath. 4) to use profanity. (See: oath, perjury, notary public)

swear

verb adjure, affirm, allege under oath, assert as true, assure, authenticate, aver, avow, bear witness, bind oneself by oath, certify, confirm, declare, declare solemnly, declare true, give a promise, give evidence, give one's word, guarantee, iurare, iureiurando adfirmare, maintain under oath, promise, put one's trust in, state, state under oath, utter an oath, vouch, vow
Associated concepts: false swearing, public swearing
Foreign phrases: In judicio non creditur nisi juratis.In a court of justice no one is given credence who is not sworn.
See also: acknowledge, adduce, assure, attest, avouch, avow, bear, certify, declare, depose, evidence, plead, promise, testify, vow, witness

swear

to take an oath.

TO SWEAR. To take an oath, judicially administered. Vide Affirmation; Oath.
     2. To swear also signifies to use such profane language as is forbidden by law. This is generally punished by statutory provisions in the several states.

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I couldn't quite see it but Isaac Osbourne swears blind he didn't touch him.
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Afterwards I was very shocked, but she swears blind she isn't having an affair.
I didn't see the penalty incident but Ben swears blind he played the ball out for a corner but it was a risky tackle to make in that position.
BAD LANGUAGE GOT OLDHAM MANAGER JOE ROYLE AND PLAYER PAUL WARHURST INTO TROUBLE "The lad was sent off for foul and abusive language but he swears blind that he didn't say a word.
There's always been the Royal Mail and before that Hugh Keevins swears blind that carrier pigeons were swooping over Clydebank depositing sacks full of abuse from punters into his back garden.
THE Outlaw, Gemma's aged and misty-eyed mother, swears blind that her talking alarm clock is in the habit of lying to her when she presses its control panel for the date and time.
Every time she travels down to Neath to see Chris, she takes home some chops from his Welsh and Large Whites - and she swears blind that this is the reason she has gone up two cup sizes in less than a year.