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[pur-jer] /ˈpɜr dʒər/
verb (used with object), perjured, perjuring.
to render (oneself) guilty of swearing falsely or of willfully making a false statement under oath or solemn affirmation:
The witness perjured herself when she denied knowing the defendant.
Origin of perjure
1475-85; < Latin perjūrāre to swear falsely, equivalent to per- through, i.e., beyond the limits (see per-) + jūrāre to swear, literally, to be at law, derivative of jūs jus
Related forms
perjurement, noun
perjurer, noun
unperjuring, adjective Unabridged
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  • He remembered the young clerk who had wanted to perjure himself for his sake.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • I thought he was willing to perjure himself because he had an affection for me.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Would you ask me to perjure my immortal soul to the world and to my God?

  • In Cork you shall be, if I have to perjure my soul to prove it!

    Grey Town Gerald Baldwin
  • I will not perjure myself at his bidding; but being with him, I will kneel to him unbidden.

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • If you question her you'll simply drive her to perjure herself.

    Embarrassments Henry James
  • "You want me to perjure myself and you 'want me to do it quick,'" she mimicked.

    The Lady Doc

    Caroline Lockhart
  • No, it was not that which caused you to perjure your plighted vows.

    Alonzo and Melissa Daniel Jackson, Jr.
  • Not to swear, lest he perjure himself; to speak the truth from the heart.

British Dictionary definitions for perjure


(transitive) (criminal law) to render (oneself) guilty of perjury
Derived Forms
perjurer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French parjurer, from Latin perjūrāre, from per- + jūrāre to make an oath, from jūs law
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Word Origin and History for perjure

mid-15c. "swear falsely" (implied in perjured; late 13c. in Anglo-French), from Old French parjurer "to break one's word, renege on a promise" (11c.), from Latin periurare "to swear falsely, break one's oath" (see perjury). Reflexive sense is from 18c.

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