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Definition of the noun covenant

What does covenant mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: covenants

  1. a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of covenant: compact / concordat
    • more generic term: written agreement = a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties
    • instance: Lateran Treaty = the agreement signed in the Lateran Palace in 1929 by Italy and the Holy See which recognized the Vatican City as a sovereign and independent papal state
  2. (Bible) an agreement between God and his people in which God makes certain promises and requires certain behavior from them in return

Alternative definition of the noun covenant


  1. [legal] An agreement to do or not do a particular thing.
  2. [legal] A promise, incidental to a deed or contract, either express or implied.
  3. A pact or binding agreement between two or more parties.
  4. An incidental clause in an agreement.

Definition of the verb covenant

What does covenant mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: covenanted | covenanting | covenants

  1. enter into a covenant
    • domain: faith / organized religion / religion
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: pledge / plight = promise solemnly and formally
    • more specific terms:
      • confirm = administer the rite of confirmation to
      • bar mitzvah = confirm in the bar mitzvah ceremony, of boys in the Jewish faith
      • bat mitzvah = confirm in the bat mitzvah ceremony, of girls in the Jewish faith
  2. enter into a covenant or formal agreement
    • examples: They covenanted with Judas for 30 pieces of silver | The nations covenanted to fight terrorism around the world
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: pledge / plight = promise solemnly and formally
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the verb covenant


  1. to enter into, or promise something by, a covenant
  2. [legal] To enter a formal agreement.
  3. [legal] To bind oneself in contract.
  4. [legal] To make a stipulation.


  1. "Covenant" a.k.a. "The Covenant" is a 2006 American action supernatural thriller film written by J. S. Cardone, directed by Renny Harlin, and starring Steven Strait, Taylor Kitsch, Toby Hemingway, Chace Crawford, Sebastian Stan, Laura Ramsey, and Jessica Lucas. The film was a critical failure, with a 3% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
  2. "Covenant" is a short film.
    • genre: Documentary film


  1. "Covenant" is a book by Tyagan Miller.
    • also known as "Covenant: scenes from an African American church"
  2. "Covenant" is a book by Robert Gamzey.


  1. "Covenant" is the third official full-length album by Florida based death metal band Morbid Angel. It was released on June 22, 1993. This album represented Morbid Angel's first foray into mainstream metal, through their contract with Giant Records. The music video for "God of Emptiness" was featured on Beavis and Butt-head and received airplay on MTV. The style of this album is more akin to the slower style of the previous album Blessed Are the Sick. Some early pressings of the album had a Parental Advisory logo on the cover. Future pressings of the album were produced without the advisory.
    • genre: Death metal
    • released on (21 years ago)
  2. "Covenant" is the fifteenth album by the British hard rock band UFO. It was published as a limited edition 2-disc album, with disc 1, entitled Covenant, containing entirely new material, and disc 2, entitled Live USA, containing a collection of classics performed live. Covenant saw the return of Michael Schenker on guitar, as he had left the band in the middle of the Walk on Water tour.
  3. "Covenant" is an album by American folk singer/guitarist Greg Brown, released in 2000. It was released only a few months after Over and Under.
    • genre: Folk music
    • released on (14 years ago)
  4. "Covenant" is a musical album of Holocaust.
    • released on (17 years ago)
  5. "Covenant" is a composition.
  6. "Covenant" is a musical album of Lance Winkler.
    • released in (10 years ago)


  1. Covenant is an electronic band formed in 1986 in Helsingborg, Sweden.
  2. Covenant a.k.a. The Kovenant is a Norwegian black metal band from Oslo/Hamar. The band originally formed as Covenant in 1993, but in 1999 were forced to change their name to The Kovenant due to a dispute with a Swedish electronic band of the same name.
  3. Covenant is a musical group.
    • album: "Nature's Divine Reflection"

There are other groups with in their name, like Blood Covenant, Point 5 Covenant and Redwood Covenant Church.


Covenant is a publisher.


  1. Covenant: A covenant, in its most general sense and historical sense, is a solemn promise to engage in or refrain from a specified action. Under historical English common law a covenant was distinguished from an ordinary contract by the presence of a seal. Because the presence of a seal indicated an unusual solemnity in the promises made in a covenant, the common law would enforce a covenant even in the absence of consideration. In United States contract law, an implied covenant of good faith is presumed.
    • also known as Covenant running with the land
  2. The Covenant are a fictional theocratic military alliance of alien races who serve as the main antagonists in the first trilogy of the Halo video game series. They are composed of a variety of diverse species, united under the religious worship of the Forerunners and their belief that Forerunner ringworlds known as Halos will provide a path to salvation. After the Covenant leadership — the High Prophets — declare humanity an affront to their gods, the Covenant prosecute a lengthy genocidal campaign against the technologically inferior human race.
  3. Covenant: The religious concept of a covenant is central to the Abrahamic religions and derived from the biblical covenants, notably the Abrahamic covenant. It is a formal alliance or agreement made by God with that religious community or with humanity in general.
  4. Covenant: In a historical context, a covenant applies to formal promises that were made under oath, or in less remote history, agreements in which the name actually uses the term 'covenant', implying that they were binding for all time. One of the earliest attested covenants between parties is the so-called Mitanni treaty, dating to the 14th or 15th century BC, between the Hittites and the Mitanni.
  5. Covenant: In the television series Alias, The Covenant is a large, powerful, and secretive intelligence/terrorist organization.

Phrases with Covenant

Phrases starting with the word Covenant:

  1. Covenant of Salt
  2. Covenant of Title

Phrases ending with the word Covenant:

  1. ark of the covenant
  2. Restrictive covenant

Other phrase containing the word Covenant:

  1. breach of the covenant of warranty

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Covenant

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Google previewVisions of the Other (1994)

Jewish and Christian Theologians Assess the Dialogue by Eugene J. Fisher

Covenant means that there is provided a way to walk, a way to live, a way to be human, a way to be a community.

Covenant means you don't have to stop and nervously take your spiritual temperature every five minutes to see whether...

But Covenant also means two-sidedness.

The covenant is the Jewish people's constitution, and so, like any constitution that is alive, it is constantly being renewed ...

Google previewSUMMONS: In the Case of Attorney General v. Church Trustees (How Trustees Actually Contribute to Church Lawsuits) Part 2 of 2 (2014)


Indeed a covenant is an agreement between God and a person or a group of people.

Google previewSpiritual Traditions for the Contemporary Church (1990)

by Robin Maas, Gabriel Odonnell

Covenant is a fundamental biblical concept for expressing a relationship in which one party initiates and establishes its conditions and the other accepts these conditions and receives whatever attendant benefits or liabilities accrue from the ...

Google previewA Nation Under God? (2000)

Essays on the Future of Religion in American Public Life by R. Bruce Douglass, Joshua Mitchell

Covenant is an important foundation of both morality and community for public, civic, and communal purposes, and it is within this paradigm that we can find the balancing tools necessary for a healthy civil society. Covenant is an idea which ...

Google previewChrist and Covenant (2009)

Key to the Scripture by Cecilia B. Dennery

Covenant is defined as follows: A covenant is a solemn agreement binding two parties who mutually assume certain obligations as the foundational basis for fellowship. Solemn Agreement: A covenant is a solemn agreement, literally a sacred ...

Google previewPreacher's Outline & Sermon Bible-KJV-Hebrews-James (2003)

by Leadership Ministries Worldwide

The new covenant is an inward power—a spiritual power a. The power of a renewed mind & heart b. The power of fellowship & communion with God c. The power of open access into God's presence—for all d. The power of forgiveness for sins ...

Google previewExplaining Covenants (2004)

by Tom Marshall

Thus, while a covenant is an agreement between two parties, it is an agreement only in the sense that the recipient, the...

Google previewA Law Dictionary Containing Definitions of the Terms and Phrases of American and English Jurisprudence, Ancient and Modern ... (1995)

by Henry Campbell Black

COVENANT Capen v. Barrows, 1 Gray (Mass.) 379; In re Slingsby, 5 Coke, 18b. General or specific. The former relate to land generally and place the covenantee in the position of a specialty creditor only ; the latter relate to ...

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Quotes about Covenant

Creation implies authority in the sense of originator. The possibility of a 'Fall' is implied in a Covenant insofar as the idea of a Covenant implies the possibility of its being violated. (Kenneth Burke)
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Scrabble value of C3O1V4E1N1A1N1T1

The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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