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[fawr-swair] /fɔrˈswɛər/
verb (used with object), forswore, forsworn, forswearing.
to reject or renounce under oath:
to forswear an injurious habit.
to deny vehemently or under oath.
to perjure (oneself).
verb (used without object), forswore, forsworn, forswearing.
to swear falsely; commit perjury.
Origin of forswear
before 900; Middle English forsweren, Old English forswerian. See for-, swear
Related forms
forswearer, noun
1. abjure, relinquish, forgo, forsake, abandon. Unabridged
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  • But what right had he to defend from gallantry the woman he was about to forswear before the world?

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
  • “Then I forswear all rash promises for the future,” he declared.

    That Girl Montana Marah Ellis Ryan
  • And now you must promise me that if discovery comes, you will forswear all knowledge of my being here.

    Joscelyn Cheshire Sara Beaumont Kennedy
  • He would not forswear his fathers' faith and did not understand what the priest said.

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin
  • Wall, if I ain't almost riddy to forswear my kintry and turn Turk.

    The Gold Hunter's Adventures William H. Thomes
  • The Tunker says that I must forswear myself to become a Christian.

    In The Boyhood of Lincoln Hezekiah Butterworth
  • He cannot ignore or forswear the ties with which he has bound himself; he cannot act as if he had only himself to consider.

  • If you would belong to me, forswear all of which this is the emblem.

  • "I will forswear powder henceforth," she said, as she looked at herself in the glass.

    Her Season in Bath Emma Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for forswear


verb -swears, -swearing, -swore, -sworn
(transitive) to reject or renounce with determination or as upon oath
(transitive) to deny or disavow absolutely or upon oath: he forswore any knowledge of the crime
to perjure (oneself)
Derived Forms
forswearer, noun
Word Origin
Old English forswearian
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Word Origin and History for forswear

Old English forswerian "swear falsely," also "abandon or renounce on oath," from for- "completely" + swerian "to swear." Related: Forswore; forsworn; forswearing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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