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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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In the old days, you got messed around by jockeys' wives who swore blind their beloved would be at such and such a course, but weren't within 100 miles when push came to shove.
These are the self-same captains of industry and accountancy who swore blind that Britain would not survive outside the European exchange rate mechanism.
When elected, the Greens swore blind that they would do right by us - now they're just swearing like troopers.
Days after he was deported, he spoke to the Record from his bolthole in Bordeaux, France, and swore blind that he was going straight.
As would being able to catch him, when he swore blind he had been too busy painting the kitchen to look after the children, with his feet up watching sport while you were out trudging round Tesco with the kids.
When I started having problems he swore blind it was nothing to do with him.
I SEEM to remember that when Reading's Stephen Hunt fractured Petr Cech's skull with his knee, the people who said it just had to be an accident swore blind that Hunt had no track record for this kind of thing.
My exwife swore blind that she was only defending herself against me.
When he came on for Joe Cole in the second half on Saturday, half the country swore blind he was a Jim'll Fix-It winner.
He didn't deny what had happened but swore blind he was innocent.
Ms Lancaster, I'm sure, swore blind some time ago that she was giving up modelling.
Terry bailed out within 24 hours and Lee swore blind he had a bad back but, after standing for hours wearing socks on his hands, it turned out there was nothing wrong with him at all.