[ab-joo r, -jur]
- to renounce, repudiate, or retract, especially with formal solemnity; recant: to abjure one's errors.
- to renounce or give up under oath; forswear: to abjure allegiance.
- to avoid or shun.
Origin of abjure
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Examples from the Web for abjure
He's been forced to abjure his most important achievement as governor, his healthcare plan.Romney: Too Weak?
July 15, 2012
Haqqani invests great hope that a decision by Pakistan's military to abjure politics may correct these trends.David's Book Club: Pakistan, Between Mosque and Military
April 23, 2012
To persuade Iran to abjure weapons, the United States will have to make some kind of deal.Obama Sure Sounds Like He's Bluffing Iran
March 3, 2012
I know it has been a fault of my own, too; but from this moment I abjure it as I would the service of hell!The Letters of Robert Burns
I cannot abjure that world which contains the fondest object that links me to life.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
Yet "his blindness was as dense as his hide," and he had refused to abjure his faith.Masterpieces of Mystery
They then ordered her "to abjure" publicly the various things of which she was accused.The Story of Rouen
Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
That was as impossible as to make them abjure by proclamation, their religion.
- to renounce or retract, esp formally, solemnly, or under oath
- to abstain from or reject
C15: from Old French abjurer or Latin abjurāre to deny on oath
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Word Origin and History for abjure
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