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TITHES, Eng. law. A right to the tenth part of the produce of, lands, the stocks upon lands, and the personal industry of the inhabitants. These tithes are raised for the support of the clergy.
     2. Fortunately, in the United States, the clergy can be supported by the zeal of the people for religion, and there are, no tithes. Vide Cruise, Dig. tit. 22; Ayliffe's Parerg. 504.

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Aora, who might be described as his prime minister and treasurer, had received the tithes as fast as they were paid over, and filled them into large, fine-netted bags of coconut sennit.
Not within the walls of York, ransack my house and that of all my tribe, wilt thou find the tithe of that huge sum of silver that thou speakest of.
If he had done a tithe of what was rumoured about him, how much he must have suffered
Casaubon was out of the question, not merely because he declined duty of this sort, but because Featherstone had an especial dislike to him as the rector of his own parish, who had a lien on the land in the shape of tithe, also as the deliverer of morning sermons, which the old man, being in his pew and not at all sleepy, had been obliged to sit through with an inward snarl.
On May 22, 1579, part of the tithes belonging to the king was given for the construction of Manila Cathedral.
And I always pay my tithes, even when someone dashes me money, I pay my tithe from it.
For church-goers who are tired of being told they rob God of tithes and offerings every Saturday and Sunday, and that God requires a tenth of their income until death, the new book opens the biblical scroll and shines a light on the truth of Scripture by debunking centuries-old tithe doctrines, which say a tithe is ten percent of a person's income.
These were originally drawn up to keep a record of tithes, a type of tax payable by farmers to the church.
The bank tithes or shares 10 percent of its pre-tax profits with Christian and local charities selected by the board of directors.
Ten per cent of the land's produce, known as tithes, was set aside to support the clergy and other religious needs.
Tithe maps are maps of Welsh parishes or townships which were prepared following the Tithe Communication Act 1836, which allowed tithes to be paid in cash rather than goods.
Project manager Einion Gruffudd said: "The maps were produced mainly during the 1840s, and all the land liable for tithes was surveyed and mapped, and lists of tithe payments known as apportionment documents were also produced.