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  1. guilty of perjury.
  2. characterized by or involving perjury: perjured testimony.

Origin of perjured

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at perjure, -ed2
Related formsper·jured·ly, adverbper·jured·ness, nounnon·per·jured, adjectiveun·per·jured, adjective


verb (used with object), per·jured, per·jur·ing.
  1. 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 formsper·jure·ment, nounper·jur·er, nounun·per·jur·ing, adjective
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adjective criminal law
    1. having sworn falsely
    2. having committed perjury
  1. involving or characterized by perjuryperjured evidence


  1. (tr) criminal law to render (oneself) guilty of perjury
Derived Formsperjurer, 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 perjured



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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