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Vow (noun)

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Vow. n.s. [vœu, Fr. votum, Lat.]

  1. Any promise made to a divine power; an act of devotion, by which some part of life, or some part of possessions is consecrated to a particular purpose.

    The gods are deaf to hot and peevish vows;
    They are polluted offerings.
    Shakespeare.

    If you take the vow and that wish to be all one, you are mistaken; a wish is a far lower degree than a vow. Hammond.

    She vows for his return, with vain devotion, pays. Dryd.

  2. A solemn promise, commonly used for a promise of love or matrimony.

    By all the vows that ever men have broke,
    In number more than ever women spoke.
    Shakespeare.

    Those who wear the woodbine on their brow,
    Were knights of love, who never broke their vow;
    Firm to their plighted faith.
    Dryden.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Hammond, Henry (47) · Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream (28) · Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida (36)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Vow (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: May 18, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=19858.


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