to reject or renounce under oath: to forswear an injurious habit.
to deny vehemently or under oath.
to perjure (oneself).
to swear falsely; commit perjury.
- Also fore·swear .
- for·swear·er, noun
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How to use forswear in a sentence
It’s never been true before in human history that the most powerful weapon available to our species was widely forsworn.How to think about the risk of nuclear war, according to 3 experts | Neel Dhanesha | February 27, 2022 | Vox
The pact bound partner nations to use space only for peaceful purposes, to forswear claims of sovereignty over any region beyond Earth, to lend aid to astronauts in distress, and more.A New Space Pact Seeks to Ensure Peace and Prosperity—on the Moon | Jeffrey Kluger | October 14, 2020 | Time
You do not forswear studying by electric light because Lincoln relied on his fireplace.
A veritable Judas, preparing to forswear his people and their cause, willing to lie and deny his participation.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
They made up their minds to forswear the love of women with all its humiliations and disappointments and futilities.Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
Fortune had been kind to him and he had passed so many competitors on the way that he could forswear jealousy and be generous.The Tragic Muse | Henry James
Well, I go; an he should not take it, Firk swears to forswear him.
We'll trip it tightly, And make my sad young mistress merry again, Or I'll forswear the cellar.The Plays of Philip Massinger | Philip Massinger
British Dictionary definitions for forswear
(tr) to reject or renounce with determination or as upon oath
(tr) to deny or disavow absolutely or upon oath: he forswore any knowledge of the crime
to perjure (oneself)
- forswearer, noun
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