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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

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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heaven, and sware by hint that liveth for ever that it shall be for
(113.) For example, in Maryland, all citizens holding offices of trust were required to "sware that I do not hold myself bound to yield any allegiance or obedience to the King of Great Britain...." RIGHTMYER, supra note 110, at 121.
He says the Sinn Fein leader's refusal to sware the Oath of Allegiance basically leaves constituents without a voice.
SEARE (55): I BEARE CEARE DEARE FEARE GEARE HEARE IEARE JEARE KEARE LEARE MEARE NEARE PEARE REARE TEARE VEARE WEARE YEARE ZEARE, 2 SCARE SHARE SKARE SLARE SMARE SNARE SOARE SPARE SSARE STARE SUARE SWARE, 3 SECRE SEERE SEGRE SEIRE SELRE SEORE SERRE SEURE SEVRE SEWRE SEYRE, 4 SEACE SEAGE SEAKE SEALE SEAME SEANE SEASE SEATE SEAVE SEAXE SEAZE, 5 SEARS SEARY followed by: HALLE, SEATE (both 54), SEERE, SEETE, SEITE (all 53), SERES (52), SOURE (51)
So also it is attractive to see in the rare denominative verb-forming suffix -a-, e.g., Tocharian B klenke 'vehicle' and *klenk-a [greater than] (with regular a-umlaut) kl[bar{a}]nk[bar{a}]- 'ride, travel' or sw[bar{a}]re 'sweet' (phonemically sware) and *swar-a- 'please', a reflex of the well known PIE factative suffix -[eh.sub.2]-.
Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God, and thou becamest mine.
Harwood, 'Pearl as Diptych', likens Pearl to a diptych on the risible grounds that (i) 'Since time out mind, diptychs had been associated with the "boke with leuez sware"' of line 837, though whatever sense can be devised for 'associated with' there is no reason to suppose that boke is other than 'book' (diptych is not recorded before 1622; the ME for a diptych was tables); that (ii) 'A visual medium like an ivory diptych likely accounts' for the linking of Christ, Mary, and John at lines 383-4, as if such a grouping was not more commonly found on the painted page or in rood-screens; and that (iii) the narrator likens the Maiden's countenance to 'yuore' (l.
In the confrontation between Herodias and John (and Herod) the realm of the symbolic (of language, of "paternal law") manifested in the law of the word is in direct conflict with the semiotic.(8) Herodias, unable to compete within the word, resorts to the rhythmic dance of the daughter, the realm of "repetitive sonority" in order to gain power.(9) But the situation is further complicated, and made more ironic, since, in fact, the nameless daughter crosses between both realms.(10) We are told that "the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod" (Mark 6:22) at which time she is allowed to speak because of Herod's promise: "And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I shall give it thee" (Mark 6:23).
The remainder of his people sware Obedience to Cublai [...].
English German Dutch The President, Vice Der Prasident, De President, Vice- President, and all Vice-Prasident und President en alle civil Officers of alle burgerliche burgelyke officianten the United States, Beamte der van de Vereenigde shall be removed Vereinigten Staaten Staaten zullen afgezet from Office on sollen ihres Amtes worden van haar Impeachment for, entsetzt werden, officie, op een and Conviction of, wenn sie wegen impeachment voor, Treason, Bribery, Hochverraths, en overtuigen van, or other high Bestechung oder verraad, bribery, Crimes and anderer hohen of andere sware Misdemeanors.