[ ab-joo r, -jur ]
/ æbˈdʒʊər, -ˈdʒɜr /

verb (used with object), ab·jured, ab·jur·ing.

to renounce, repudiate, or retract, especially with formal solemnity; recant: to abjure one's errors.
to renounce or give up under oath; forswear: to abjure allegiance.
to avoid or shun.

Origin of abjure

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin abjūrāre to deny on oath, equivalent to ab- ab- + jūrāre to swear; see jury1

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Can be confused

abjure adjure
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/ (əbˈdʒʊə) /

verb (tr)

to renounce or retract, esp formally, solemnly, or under oath
to abstain from or reject

Derived Forms

abjuration, nounabjurer, noun

Word Origin for abjure

C15: from Old French abjurer or Latin abjurāre to deny on oath
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