Definition of tithe in English:

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Pronunciation: /tʌɪð/


1One tenth of annual produce or earnings, formerly taken as a tax for the support of the Church and clergy.
Example sentences
  • They retained only one direct tax, the tithe on agricultural produce (decima).
  • Under the British, American colonists were forced to pay tithes and taxes to support the state church, even if they opposed its teachings.
  • However, most towns and cities were parasitic on the countryside, drawing men and taxes for the state, along with rents, seigneurial dues, and tithes which noble and clerical élites largely expended within the towns themselves.
1.1(In certain religious denominations) a tenth of an individual’s income pledged to the Church.
Example sentences
  • That would amount to Pentecostals in Toco being commanded to pay their Christian tithe to a Catholic church in Diego Martin - absolute madness.
  • The tithe, for some religious groups, is the favored touchstone for defining the duty of stewardship, to the point of making it a legalized yardstick applied as a criterion for membership.
  • The Church was deprived of tithes, the basic income of the parish clergy.
1.2 [in singular] archaic A tenth of a specified thing: he hadn’t said a tithe of the prayers he knew
More example sentences
  • We will make council together of how our finest produce is being sullied by vile competitors in the dark eastern lands who take it onto themselves and, through craft and cunning, recreate it at a tithe of the cost.
  • Today, when new music streams from the press in such floods that nobody has time to take in more than a tithe of it, a composer so versatile and prolific as Stanford is apt to suffer from those very qualities.
  • I have not a tithe of the strength necessary to withstand such feral might.


[with object]
1Pay or give as a tithe: he tithes 10 per cent of his income to the Church
More example sentences
  • Of course a dollar will have to be tithed to his church.
  • About that time, a wealthy woman decided to tithe her money to the church.
  • The Pharisee in this story is again claiming to go above and beyond the duty of the law by tithing a portion of everything he acquires.
1.1 historical Subject to a tax of one tenth of income or produce.
Example sentences
  • Mosques all over the world not only tithe their followers, they also feed the hungry who come to worship and often find them jobs and places to live.
  • When Esav asked how to tithe salt, it was because Esav noticed all other items are tithed, and presumably poor people need salt as well.



Pronunciation: /ˈtʌɪðəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • The tithable lists for two Virginia counties, Norfolk and Amelia, identify those who served before and during the American Revolution, and there is similar data from Perquimans County, North Carolina, for 1810 and 1860.
  • The Tithe map in particular shows part of the route running over tithable land, although I note that your Council suggests an explanation for this.
  • Frequently researchers attempt to use tithable lists to establish an exact age for an individual.


Old English tēotha (adjective in the ordinal sense 'tenth', used in a specialized sense as a noun), tēothian (verb).

Words that rhyme with tithe

blithe, lithe, scythe, writhe

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