- 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
Related Words for perjurertrickster, fibber, deceiver, prevaricator, storyteller, phony, promoter, fabulist, cheat, fabricator, falsifier, maligner, equivocator, deluder
Examples from the Web for perjurer
Historical Examples of perjurer
"You speak with marvellous accuracy, Master Lawson," returned the perjurer.The Shadow of a Crime
Not to believe Him is to make Him both a liar and a perjurer.George Muller of Bristol
Arthur T. Pierson
Harold had been branded a perjurer for abjuring a forced oath.The Siege of Norwich Castle
Matilda Maria Blake
Guido swooned and awoke in his cell, an assassin, a thief, a perjurer.Very Woman
Remy de Gourmont
You will there find seated a God who is merciless to the perjurer.
- (tr) criminal law to render (oneself) guilty of perjury
Word Origin 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.