forswear

[ fawr-swair ]
/ fɔrˈswɛər /

verb (used with object), for·swore [fawr-swawr], /fɔrˈswɔr/, for·sworn [fawr-swawrn], /fɔrˈswɔrn/, for·swear·ing.

to reject or renounce under oath: to forswear an injurious habit.
to deny vehemently or under oath.
to perjure (oneself).

verb (used without object), for·swore [fawr-swawr], /fɔrˈswɔr/, for·sworn [fawr-swawrn], /fɔrˈswɔrn/, for·swear·ing.

to swear falsely; commit perjury.

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Origin of forswear

First recorded before 900; Middle English forsweren, Old English forswerian; see origin at for-, swear

OTHER WORDS FROM forswear

for·swear·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for forswear

forswear
/ (fɔːˈswɛə) /

verb -swears, -swearing, -swore or -sworn

(tr) to reject or renounce with determination or as upon oath
(tr) to deny or disavow absolutely or upon oathhe forswore any knowledge of the crime
to perjure (oneself)

Derived forms of forswear

forswearer, noun

Word Origin for forswear

Old English forswearian
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