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perjure

[ pur-jer ]
/ ˈpɜr dʒər /
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verb (used with object), per·jured, per·jur·ing.
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.
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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 jūsjus

OTHER WORDS FROM perjure

per·jure·ment, nounper·jur·er, nounun·per·jur·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for perjure

perjure
/ (ˈpɜːdʒə) /

verb
(tr) criminal law to render (oneself) guilty of perjury

Derived forms of perjure

perjurer, 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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