toggle menu
1000+ books


used in a sentence
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition a binding agreement

or (much more rarely): to formally or solemnly promise
  • Biblical scholars point to seven covenants described in the Bible.
covenants = binding agreements (in this case between God and man)
  • Because the early church believed in the continuity of history and of divine activity, it included in the Christian Bible the written records of both the Old and the New covenants.
    Bible - MSN Encarta  -- (retrieved 05/21/06)
  • Traditional Judaism teaches that God relates to humanity through a series of covenants, which are initiated by him, and in which God promises to perform certain acts on the condition that humans "keep their side of the bargain."
    Development of religion - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • The desire of the book was to associate the ideas of the covenant relationship with God to the everyday lives of those who were reading the wisdom literature, as many of the proverbs may have been familiar simply through culture...
    Book of Proverbs - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • "My oath to the Covenant binds me," he said.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • covenant = a binding agreement

    or (much more rarely): to formally or solemnly promise
  • In the words of Job, 'I have made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?'
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • You did it because you were carrying out a personal covenant between Uncle Enzo and every customer.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Wherever Medusa's assets can be self-sustaining or absorbed by their individual economies, that'll be the case with restrictive covenants on all parties.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • 31:1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
    The Bible  --  Job
  • It's as though we were all sworn to the same secret covenant, so secret we don't even know what we belong to.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • It's a covenant they make with the natural world, the Order of Things.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • Most of those who had come to Mizogan with them had already refused the Prophet's covenant of weakness.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • It was already dark, but when I looked up at the sky, I saw a big old moon like God's own halo hung up there as a mark of his covenant.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • There was a difference between the proposition and the covenant, which she had felt only too quickly.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • "I felt myself," she added, "to be as solemnly engaged to him, as if the strictest legal covenant had bound us to each other."
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • CHAPTER V—THE COVENANT When December was well along, Grey Beaver went on a journey up the Mackenzie.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Neither of them is by nature inferior to the other; they only become so for a time by covenant.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • It's a covenant with my father.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • In the Koran, the story appears in much the same manner as the covenant of Abraham and Isaac does in the Torah and the Bible.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • "By the law of England may a child enter into covenant and sell itself, my lord?" asked Tom, turning to a learned judge.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list —®
Search for other examples by interest
General — Google News®
General — Time® Magazine
General — Wikipedia®
Architecture — Google® books - Architecture
Business — Bloomberg®
Business — The Economist®
Classic Literature — Google® books - Classical Literature
Engineering — Google® books - Engineering
Engineering — Popular Mechanics®
Engineering — Discover Magazine®
Fine Arts & Music — Google® books - Art
History — Google® books - History
Human Behavior — Google® books - Psychology
Human Behavior — Psychology Today®
Law — FindLaw®
Law — Google® books - Law
Logic & Reasoning — Google® books - Reasoning
Medicine — Web MD®
Medicine — Google® books - Medicine
Nature & Ecology — National Geographic®
Nature & Ecology — Google® books - Nature
Personal Finance — Kiplinger® (Personal Finance)
Philosophy — Google® books - Philosophy
Public Policy & Politics — Newsweek®
Public Policy & Politics — Real Clear Politics®
Public Policy & Politics — Google® books - Politics
Religion & Spirtuality — Google® books - Religion
Religion - Christianity — Bible Gateway®
Religion - Christianity — Google® books - Christianity
Science — Popular Science®
Science — Scientific American®
Science — Google® books - Science
Sports — Sports Illustrated®