Definition of tithing in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtīT͟HiNG/ /ˈtaɪðɪŋ/

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  • 1The practice of taking or paying a tithe.

    ‘receipts from tithing range from $2.5 billion to $4.3 billion each year’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The new law will protect tithing and charitable giving under the federal bankruptcy code.’
    • ‘As a rule of thumb, tithing will be sufficient to cover the cost of organized religion.’
    • ‘All churches interviewed in this research requested financial support from their members, in some cases through regular tithing, called dizimos in Portuguese, to generate church funds.’
    • ‘Uphold your vows strictly, be they marriage, monasticism, nonaddiction, tithing, loyalty to a lineage, vegetarianism or nonsmoking.’
    • ‘Certainly the church board needs to stress the importance of tithing (and, wherever possible, to be others themselves).’
    • ‘Mussar clearly distinguishes this type of generosity from another kind, called tzedakah, which means obligated giving, such as tithing.’
    • ‘In that context, tithing can be a valuable tool, either evaluating where we are in our giving or encouraging us to consider new levels of support.’
    • ‘Churches increasingly are handling tithing electronically through automatic debits for dependable cash flow.’
    • ‘Those behind in tithing are counseled to help them fulfill the vow.’
    • ‘I mean I am good at being a Catholic: by turns devout and dubious, by turns proud and ashamed of our church history and practice, by turns stingy and generous in my tithing.’
    • ‘Not until tithing was abolished in the wake of the French Revolution did Ruländer establish its rightful place among German wines of distinction.’
    • ‘But because Heavenly Father loves me and because my Granny pays her tithing, someone happened to be walking through the lobby and let me in.’
    • ‘Mormon teaching is strongly adventist; the movement has no professional clergy, self-help is emphasized, and tithing and missionary work are required of its members.’
    • ‘I have decided that now I earn what I consider to be a decent amount of money, I want to give a proper tithing of my income to my chosen charities.’
    • ‘All this growth, plus the tithing many evangelicals encourage, is generating gushers of cash.’
    • ‘They too follow a rule that requires a daily practice of prayer and Bible study, the tithing of their money in support of common peace and justice concerns, and regular meetings with fellow members.’
    • ‘In 1876 the church adopted tithing, which required members to contribute a tenth of their income, as its primary means of economic support.’
  • 2historical (in England) a group of ten householders who lived close together and were collectively responsible for each other's behavior.

    ‘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.’


Old English tēothung(see tithe, -ing).