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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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Historical Examples
  • "You speak with marvellous accuracy, Master Lawson," returned the perjurer.

  • Not to believe Him is to make Him both a liar and a perjurer.

    George Muller of Bristol Arthur T. Pierson
  • Harold had been branded a perjurer for abjuring a forced oath.

    The Siege of Norwich Castle Matilda Maria Blake
  • Guido swooned and awoke in his cell, an assassin, a thief, a perjurer.

    Very Woman

    Remy de Gourmont
  • You will there find seated a God who is merciless to the perjurer.

  • Later history will write against his name, "deceiver, perjurer and bigamist."

    Garrick's Pupil Auguston Filon
  • He had to punish the perjurer, to avenge the wrongs of the saints.

    William the Conqueror Edward Augustus Freeman
  • His work would not have been done, if another had stepped in to chastise the perjurer.

    William the Conqueror Edward Augustus Freeman
  • Glabrio denounced Cato as a perjurer, but yet retired from his candidature.

    Cato Maior de Senectute Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • The jury had stamped his story as a lie and stigmatized him, by their action, as a perjurer.

    Courts and Criminals Arthur Train
British Dictionary definitions for perjurer


(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 perjurer



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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