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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)

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swear

to take an oath.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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On Saturday, the Islamist-dominated parliament in Tripoli swore in Prime Minister Omar al-Hassi and 10 of his ministers, including the foreign, justice and oil ministers.
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Those who seldom swore were able to stand the icy water for 45 seconds longer when they were swearing than when they were not swearing.
What's more, after the ordeal, people who swore reported less pain.
But they did roll up and rolled up their sleeves and it was found that those who swore could keep their hands submerged for 40 seconds longer and felt the pain less than those who were allowed to say no more than: Ooh, hecky thump.
Volunteers were able to keep their hands in the freezing water for significantly longer when they swore.
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'I'm in college now but I never swore in front of my teachers.
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Mr Andrew Lee, representing Miss Kandola, said: "Mr Hussain swore at staff and some staff swore back at him.