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sworn

[swawrn, swohrn] /swɔrn, swoʊrn/
verb
1.
past participle of swear.
adjective
2.
having taken an oath:
a duly elected and sworn official.
3.
bound by or as if by an oath or pledge.
4.
avowed; affirmed:
He is my sworn enemy.

swear

[swair] /swɛər/
verb (used without object), swore or (Archaic) sware; sworn; swearing.
1.
to make a solemn declaration or affirmation by some sacred being or object, as a deity or the Bible.
2.
to bind oneself by oath.
3.
to give evidence or make a statement on oath.
4.
to use profane oaths or language:
Don't swear in front of the children.
verb (used with object), swore or (Archaic) sware; sworn; swearing.
5.
to declare, affirm, attest, etc., by swearing by a deity, some sacred object, etc.
6.
to affirm, assert, or say with solemn earnestness.
7.
to promise or undertake on oath or in a solemn manner; vow.
8.
to testify or state on oath:
He swore it on the witness stand.
9.
to take (an oath), as in order to give solemnity or force to a declaration, promise, etc.
10.
to bind by an oath:
to swear someone to secrecy.
Verb phrases
11.
swear by,
  1. to name (a sacred being or thing) as one's witness or guarantee in swearing.
  2. Informal. to have great confidence in; rely on:
    He swears by his dentist.
  3. to have certain knowledge of:
    I thought I saw him leaving, but I couldn't swear by it.
12.
swear in, to admit to office or service by administering an oath:
A new president will be sworn in today.
13.
swear off, to promise or resolve to give up something, especially intoxicating beverages.
14.
swear out, to secure (a warrant for arrest) by making an accusation under oath.
Origin of swear
900
before 900; Middle English sweren, Old English swerian; cognate with German schwören, Old Norse sverja; akin to Gothic swaran to swear; see answer
Related forms
swearer, noun
swearingly, adverb
reswear, verb, reswore, resworn, reswearing.
underswearer, noun
Synonyms
1. declare, affirm, avow. 3. depose, testify. 4. imprecate. See curse.
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  • I am merely standing up for the rights of women—rights which I have sworn to defend to the last drop of my blood.

    Fathers and Sons Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
  • He tried to swear Edith and me to secrecy, but we refused to be sworn.

  • But he could hear the melancholy moan of the waves, which he had once thought to be musical and had often sworn that he loved.

    An Eye for an Eye Anthony Trollope
  • Now, all of us brothers have sworn to deliver that message, and to see that you keep the tryst.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • There wasn't a sound now, but she could have sworn she had heard a footstep on the hallway above, or on the upper stairs.

    The White Moll Frank L. Packard
British Dictionary definitions for sworn

sworn

/swɔːn/
verb
1.
the past participle of swear
adjective
2.
bound, pledged, or made inveterate, by or as if by an oath: a sworn statement, he was sworn to God

swear

/swɛə/
verb swears, swearing, swore, sworn
1.
to declare or affirm (a statement) as true, esp by invoking a deity, etc, as witness
2.
(foll by by)
  1. to invoke (a deity, etc) by name as a witness or guarantee to an oath
  2. to trust implicitly; have complete confidence (in)
3.
(intransitive) often foll by at. to curse, blaspheme, or use swearwords
4.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to promise solemnly on oath; vow
5.
(transitive) to assert or affirm with great emphasis or earnestness
6.
(intransitive) to give evidence or make any statement or solemn declaration on oath
7.
to take an oath in order to add force or solemnity to (a statement or declaration)
8.
(informal) swear blind, to assert emphatically
noun
9.
a period of swearing
Derived Forms
swearer, noun
Word Origin
Old English swerian; related to Old Norse sverja, Gothic swaran, Old Frisian swera, German schwören
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Word Origin and History for sworn

swear

v.

Old English swerian "take an oath" (class VI strong verb; past tense swor, past participle sworen), from Proto-Germanic *swarjan-, (cf. Old Saxon swerian, Old Norse sverja, Danish sverge, Old Frisian swera, Middle Dutch swaren, Old High German swerien, German schwören, Gothic swaren "to swear"), from PIE root *swer- (1) "to speak, talk, say" (cf. Old Church Slavonic svara "quarrel"). Also related to the second element in answer. The secondary sense of "use bad language" (early 15c.) developed from the notion of "invoke sacred names." Swear-word is American English colloquial from 1883. Swear off "desist as with a vow" is from 1898.

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