tithings

tithing

[tahy-thing]
noun
1.
a tithe.
2.
a giving or an exacting of tithes.
3.
a grouping of men, originally 10 in number, for legal and security purposes in the Anglo-Saxon and Norman system of frankpledge.
4.
a rural division in England, originally regarded as one tenth of a hundred, descended from this system.

Origin:
before 950; Middle English; Old English tigething. See tithe, -ing1

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tithing (ˈtaɪðɪŋ)
 
n
1.  a.  a tithe; tenth
 b.  the exacting or paying of tithes
2.  a company of ten householders in the system of frankpledge
3.  a rural division, originally regarded as a tenth of a hundred

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tithe
O.E. teogoþa (Anglian), teoþa (W.Saxon) "tenth," from P.Gmc. *tegunthon, *tekhunthon. Retained in ecclesiastical sense while the form was replaced in ordinal use by tenth (influenced by ten). The verb is O.E. teoþian.
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tithe definition


A tenth part of one's annual income contributed to support the clergy or a church. The Mosaic law required the Israelites to pay a tithe for the support of worship.

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