perjure

[ 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.

Nearby words

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for perjurer

perjure

/ (ˈpɜːdʒə) /

verb

(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 perjurer

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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