- 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
Examples from the Web for perjure
So the question is: did Robson perjure himself in 2005, or is he lying now?Behind the Michael Jackson Bombshell: How a Staunch Defender Suddenly Flipped
May 9, 2013
He remembered the young clerk who had wanted to perjure himself for his sake.
I thought he was willing to perjure himself because he had an affection for me.
Would you ask me to perjure my immortal soul to the world and to my God?The Martyr of the Catacombs
In Cork you shall be, if I have to perjure my soul to prove it!Grey Town
I will not perjure myself at his bidding; but being with him, I will kneel to him unbidden.Privy Seal
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- (tr) criminal law to render (oneself) guilty of perjury
Word Origin and History for perjure
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.