troth

troth

[trawth, trohth]
noun
1.
faithfulness, fidelity, or loyalty: by my troth.
2.
truth or verity: in troth.
3.
one's word or promise, especially in engaging oneself to marry.

Origin:
1125–75; Middle English trowthe, trouthe, variant of treuthe, Old English trēowth. See truth

trothless, adjective
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troth (trəʊθ)
 
n
1.  a pledge or oath of fidelity, esp a betrothal
2.  truth (esp in the phrase in troth)
3.  loyalty; fidelity
 
[Old English trēowth; related to Old High German gitriuwida loyalty; see truth]

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troth
c.1175, from a phonetic variant of O.E. treowð "faithfulness, truth" (see truth). Restricted to Midlands and Northern England dialect after 16c., and to certain archaic phrases (e.g. plight one's troth). Cf. also betroth.
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