perjure

[pur-jer]
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verb (used with object), per·jured, per·jur·ing.
  1. to render (oneself) guilty of swearing falsely or of willfully making a false statement under oath or solemn affirmation: The witness perjured herself when she denied knowing the defendant.

Origin of perjure

1475–85; < Latin perjūrāre to swear falsely, equivalent to per- through, i.e., beyond the limits (see per-) + jūrāre to swear, literally, to be at law, derivative of jūs jus
Related formsper·jure·ment, nounper·jur·er, nounun·per·jur·ing, adjective
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Historical Examples of perjure

  • I thought he was willing to perjure himself because he had an affection for me.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • He remembered the young clerk who had wanted to perjure himself for his sake.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • Would you ask me to perjure my immortal soul to the world and to my God?

  • In Cork you shall be, if I have to perjure my soul to prove it!

    Grey Town

    Gerald Baldwin

  • I will not perjure myself at his bidding; but being with him, I will kneel to him unbidden.

    Privy Seal

    Ford Madox Ford


British Dictionary definitions for perjure

perjure

verb
  1. (tr) criminal law to render (oneself) guilty of perjury
Derived Formsperjurer, noun

Word Origin for perjure

C15: from Old French parjurer, from Latin perjūrāre, from per- + jūrāre to make an oath, from jūs law
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Word Origin and History for perjure
v.

mid-15c. "swear falsely" (implied in perjured; late 13c. in Anglo-French), from Old French parjurer "to break one's word, renege on a promise" (11c.), from Latin periurare "to swear falsely, break one's oath" (see perjury). Reflexive sense is from 18c.

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