Definition of tithing in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1876 the church adopted tithing, which required members to contribute a tenth of their income, as its primary means of economic support.’
    • ‘Those behind in tithing are counseled to help them fulfill the vow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Churches increasingly are handling tithing electronically through automatic debits for dependable cash flow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I mean, it's possible that tithing might go down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The new law will protect tithing and charitable giving under the federal bankruptcy code.’
    • ‘In addition, many black families embrace the practice of tithing - contributing 10% of their incomes to the church.’
    • ‘All this growth, plus the tithing many evangelicals encourage, is generating gushers of cash.’
    • ‘As a rule of thumb, tithing will be sufficient to cover the cost of organized religion.’
    • ‘Mussar clearly distinguishes this type of generosity from another kind, called tzedakah, which means obligated giving, such as tithing.’
    • ‘Certainly the church board needs to stress the importance of tithing (and, wherever possible, to be others themselves).’
    • ‘Not until tithing was abolished in the wake of the French Revolution did Ruländer establish its rightful place among German wines of distinction.’
  • 2historical (in England) a group of ten householders who lived close together and were collectively responsible for each other's behaviour.

    • ‘One man in each tithing was senior to, and responsible for, the other nine, and he was called the tithingman.’
    • ‘Under this arrangement, the men of each village were organized into ‘tithings ' and expected to answer for each other's good behaviour.’
    • ‘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’.’
    1. 2.1A rural division, originally regarded as a tenth of a hundred.
      • ‘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.’


Old English tēothung (see tithe, -ing).