Definition of tithing in English:

tithing

Line breaks: tith¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈtʌɪðɪŋ
 
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noun

  • 1 [mass noun] The practice of taking or paying a tithe: receipts from tithing range from $2.5 billion to $4.3 billion each year
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    • In addition, many black families embrace the practice of tithing - contributing 10% of their incomes to the church.
    • I mean, it's possible that tithing might go down.
    • I do think tithing is important - giving a part of what you have back to the God that gave it to you in the first place, as acknowledgement of His blessings.
  • 2 historical (In England) a group of ten householders who lived close together and were collectively responsible for each other’s behaviour.
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    • Even this was not the bottom of the ladder: for law enforcement the population was organized into groups of ten mutually responsible households or ‘tithings’.
    • Under this arrangement, the men of each village were organized into ‘tithings ' and expected to answer for each other's good behaviour.
    • One man in each tithing was senior to, and responsible for, the other nine, and he was called the tithingman.
  • 2.1A rural division, originally regarded as a tenth of a hundred.
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    • After this, each hundred was further divided under Athelstan into groups of ten freemen called tithings, of which there seem to have been ten in every hundred.

Origin

Old English tēothung (see tithe, -ing1).

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