Word Origin See more synonyms for perjury on Thesaurus.com noun, plural per·ju·ries. . Law the willful giving of false testimony under oath or affirmation, before a competent tribunal, upon a point material to a legal inquiry. Origin of perjury 1250–1300; Middle English perjurie
) swearing falsely (see
Related forms per·ju·ri·ous , [per- j-ee- oo r uh s] /pərˈdʒʊər i əs/ adjective per·ju·ri·ous·ly, adverb per·ju·ri·ous·ness, noun non·per·ju·ry, noun, plural non·per·ju·ries.
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British Dictionary definitions for perjurious criminal law the offence committed by a witness in judicial proceedings who, having been lawfully sworn or having affirmed, wilfully gives false evidence Derived Forms perjurious ( pɜːˈdʒʊərɪəs), adjective perjuriously, adverb Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French
parjurie, from Latin perjūrium a false oath; see perjure
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Word Origin and History for perjurious perjury n.
late 14c., "act of swearing to a statement known to be false," via Anglo-French
perjurie (late 13c.) and Old French parjurée "perjury, false witness," both from Latin periurium "a false oath," from periurare "swear falsely," from per- "away, entirely" (see per) + iurare "to swear" (see jury (n.)). Related: Perjurious.
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