- past participle of forswear.
- 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 forsworn
And yet for her a trusted officer, a friend, had forsworn his service and his comrades.Priestess of the Flame
Sewell Peaslee Wright
That land, you treacherous, forsworn Spanish dog, is the island of Hispaniola.Captain Blood
The words they speak—they who are his enemies—that he had forsworn his faith: it is not true.The Royal Pawn of Venice
Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull
Well doth it become Harmachis, who never was forsworn, to speak to me of oaths!Cleopatra
H. Rider Haggard
Raleigh—If truth be constant, and constancy be in truth, why hath he forsworn that that he hath said?
- the past participle of forswear
- (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 forsworn
from Old English forsworenne, past participle of forswerian (see forswear).
Old English forswerian "swear falsely," also "abandon or renounce on oath," from for- "completely" + swerian "to swear." Related: Forswore; forsworn; forswearing.