[fawr-swawrn, -swohrn]


past participle of forswear.


Nearby words

  1. forster,
  2. forster, e. m.,
  3. forsterite,
  4. forstner bit,
  5. forswear,
  6. forsyth,
  7. forsythia,
  8. fort,
  9. fort belvoir,
  10. fort benjamin harrison

Related formsfor·sworn·ness, nounun·for·sworn, adjective



verb (used with object), for·swore, for·sworn, for·swearing.

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, for·sworn, for·swearing.

to swear falsely; commit perjury.

Origin of forswear

before 900; Middle English forsweren, Old English forswerian. See for-, swear

Related formsfor·swear·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for forsworn



the past participle of forswear
Derived Formsforswornness, noun


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 Formsforswearer, noun

Word Origin for forswear

Old English forswearian

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Word Origin and History for forsworn
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