Tithe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tithed p. pr. & vb. n. Tithing.] To levy a tenth part on; to tax to the amount of a tenth; to pay tithes on.
Ye tithe mint and rue. --Luke xi. 42.
Tithe, v. i. Tp pay tithes. [R.]
1. A tenth; the tenth part of anything; specifically, the tenthpart of the increase arising from the profits of land and stock, allotted to the clergy for their support, as in England, or devoted to religious or charitable uses. Almost all the tithes of England and Wales are commuted by law into rent charges.
The tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil. --Neh. xiii. 5.
Note: ☞ Tithes are called personal when accuring from labor, art, trade, and navigation; predial, when issuing from the earth, as hay, wood, and fruit; and mixed, when accuring from beaste fed from the ground.
2. Hence, a small part or proportion.
Great tithes, tithes of corn, hay, and wood.
Mixed tithes, tithes of wool, milk, pigs, etc.
Small tithes, personal and mixed tithes.
Tithe commissioner, one of a board of officers appointed by the government for arranging propositions for commuting, or compounding for, tithes. [Eng.] --Simmonds.
Tithe, a. Tenth. [Obs.]
Every tithe soul, 'mongst many thousand. --Shak.
n 1: a levy of one tenth of something
2: an offering of a tenth part of some personal income
v 1: exact a tithe from; "The church was tithed"
2: levy a tithe on (produce or a crop); "The wool was thithed"
3: pay one tenth of; pay tithes on, especially to the church;
"He tithed his income to the Church"
4: pay a tenth of one's income, especially to the church;
"Although she left the church officially, she still
a tenth of the produce of the earth consecrated and set apart
for special purposes. The dedication of a tenth to God was
recognized as a duty before the time of Moses. Abraham paid
tithes to Melchizedek (Gen. 14:20; Heb. 7:6); and Jacob vowed
unto the Lord and said, "Of all that thou shalt give me I will
surely give the tenth unto thee."
The first Mosaic law on this subject is recorded in Lev.
27:30-32. Subsequent legislation regulated the destination of
the tithes (Num. 18:21-24, 26-28; Deut. 12:5, 6, 11, 17; 14:22,
23). The paying of the tithes was an important part of the
Jewish religious worship. In the days of Hezekiah one of the
first results of the reformation of religion was the eagerness
with which the people brought in their tithes (2 Chr. 31:5, 6).
The neglect of this duty was sternly rebuked by the prophets
(Amos 4:4; Mal. 3:8-10). It cannot be affirmed that the Old
Testament law of tithes is binding on the Christian Church,
nevertheless the principle of this law remains, and is
incorporated in the gospel (1 Cor. 9:13, 14); and if, as is the
case, the motive that ought to prompt to liberality in the cause
of religion and of the service of God be greater now than in Old
Testament times, then Christians outght to go beyond the ancient
Hebrew in consecrating both themselves and their substance to
Every Jew was required by the Levitical law to pay three
tithes of his property (1) one tithe for the Levites; (2) one
for the use of the temple and the great feasts; and (3) one for
the poor of the land.