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solemn vow

noun, Roman Catholic Church
1.
a perpetual, irrevocable public vow taken by a religious, in which property may not be owned by the individual, and marriage is held invalid under canon law.
Compare simple vow.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English
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