[ pur-jerd ]
/ ˈpɜr dʒərd /


guilty of perjury.
characterized by or involving perjury: perjured testimony.

Nearby words

  1. periwig,
  2. periwig chair,
  3. periwinkle,
  4. perjink,
  5. perjure,
  6. perjuredly,
  7. perjurious,
  8. perjuriously,
  9. perjury,
  10. perk

Origin of perjured

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at perjure, -ed2

Related formsper·jured·ly, adverbper·jured·ness, nounnon·per·jured, adjectiveun·per·jured, adjective


[ pur-jer ]
/ ˈpɜr dʒər /

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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈpɜːdʒəd) /

adjective criminal law

  1. having sworn falsely
  2. having committed perjury
involving or characterized by perjuryperjured evidence


/ (ˈpɜːdʒə) /


(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 perjured



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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