- to reject or renounce under oath: to forswear an injurious habit.
- to deny vehemently or under oath.
- to perjure (oneself).
- to swear falsely; commit perjury.
Origin of forswear
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Examples from the Web for forswear
You do not forswear studying by electric light because Lincoln relied on his fireplace.Randy Cohen’s Three Favorite Ethicist Columns
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The old girl must be protected from that sort of eye-opener, if I've to forswear my soul.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
He would not forswear his fathers' faith and did not understand what the priest said.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
“Then I forswear all rash promises for the future,” he declared.That Girl Montana
Marah Ellis Ryan
All the world seemed bent on compelling her to forswear herself.The Madigans
What is the secret of thy ring that a man must forswear love for it?Operas Every Child Should Know
Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
- (tr) to reject or renounce with determination or as upon oath
- (tr) to deny or disavow absolutely or upon oathhe forswore any knowledge of the crime
- to perjure (oneself)
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.