Definition of Forswear in English :

Define Forswear in English

Forswear meaning in English

Meaning of Forswear in English

Pronunciation of Forswear in English

Forswear pronunciation in English

Pronounce Forswear in English


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1. abjure, forswear, recant, resile, retract

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure

Example Sentences:
'He retracted his earlier statements about his religion'
'She abjured her beliefs'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verb -swears, -swearing, -swore or -sworn
1. (transitive)
to reject or renounce with determination or as upon oath
2. (transitive)
to deny or disavow absolutely or upon oath
he forswore any knowledge of the crime
to perjure (oneself)

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verb transitiveWord forms: forˈswore (ˈfɔrˈswɔr ; fôrˈswôrˈ), forˈsworn, forˈswearing
to renounce on oath; promise earnestly to give up
to deny earnestly or on oath
verb intransitive
to swear falsely; commit perjury

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v. for·swore (-swôr), for·sworn (-swôrn), for·swear·ing, for·swears
a. To decide or declare that one will not or will no longer engage in (an activity or habit, for example): a political group that has forsworn violence.
b. To decide or declare that one will not or will no longer use or be associated with (something): "He had cast in his lot with the lions and forsworn the lambs" (Robert Louis Stevenson).
c. To disavow under oath: "He was forced to take an oath forswearing heretical views" (Garry Wills).
2. To make (oneself) guilty of perjury.
To swear falsely; commit perjury

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