[ab-joo r, -jur]

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.

Nearby words

  1. abjection,
  2. abjective,
  3. abjectly,
  4. abjunction,
  5. abjuration,
  6. abkhaz,
  7. abkhazia,
  8. abkhazian,
  9. abl,
  10. abl.

Origin of abjure

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

Related forms
Can be confusedabjure adjure

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verb (tr)

to renounce or retract, esp formally, solemnly, or under oath
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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