[ab-joo r, -jur]
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verb (used with object), ab·jured, ab·jur·ing.
  1. to renounce, repudiate, or retract, especially with formal solemnity; recant: to abjure one's errors.
  2. to renounce or give up under oath; forswear: to abjure allegiance.
  3. 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
Related formsab·jur·a·to·ry, adjectiveab·jur·er, nounnon·ab·jur·a·to·ry, adjectiveun·ab·jur·a·to·ry, adjectiveun·ab·jured, adjective
Can be confusedabjure adjure
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withdraw, renounce, forswear, renege, retract, recant

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verb (tr)
  1. to renounce or retract, esp formally, solemnly, or under oath
  2. to abstain from or reject
Derived Formsabjuration, nounabjurer, noun

Word Origin for abjure

C15: from Old French abjurer or Latin abjurāre to deny on oath
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Word Origin and History for abjure

early 15c., from Middle French abjurer or directly from Latin abiurare "deny on oath," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + iurare "to swear," related to ius (genitive iuris) "law" (see jurist). Related: Abjured; abjuring.

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