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forsworn

[fawr-swawrn, -swohrn] /fɔrˈswɔrn, -ˈswoʊrn/
verb
1.
past participle of forswear.
adjective
2.
Related forms
forswornness, noun
unforsworn, adjective

forswear

[fawr-swair] /fɔrˈswɛər/
verb (used with object), forswore, forsworn, forswearing.
1.
to reject or renounce under oath:
to forswear an injurious habit.
2.
to deny vehemently or under oath.
3.
to perjure (oneself).
verb (used without object), forswore, forsworn, forswearing.
4.
to swear falsely; commit perjury.
Origin of forswear
900
before 900; Middle English forsweren, Old English forswerian. See for-, swear
Related forms
forswearer, noun
Synonyms
1. abjure, relinquish, forgo, forsake, abandon.
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Examples from the Web for forsworn
Historical Examples
  • 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 Rafael Sabatini
  • 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?

  • This was what I always looked forward to, as you did also; you have obtained it, I have forsworn it.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • Yellow's forsaken, and green's forsworn, but blue and red ought to be worn.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • Why should you swear I am forsworn,Since thine I vowed to be?

  • False and forsworn yourself, you dared to suspect and insult me.

  • When I saw your impish tendencies I should have forsworn the alliance.'

    A Laodicean Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for forsworn

forsworn

/fɔːˈswɔːn/
verb
1.
the past participle of forswear
Derived Forms
forswornness, noun

forswear

/fɔːˈswɛə/
verb -swears, -swearing, -swore, -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
3.
to perjure (oneself)
Derived Forms
forswearer, noun
Word Origin
Old English forswearian
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Word Origin and History for forsworn
adj.

from Old English forsworenne, past participle of forswerian (see forswear).

forswear

v.

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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