also foreswear verb (forswore; forsworn; -swearing) Etymology: Middle English forsweren, from Old English forswerian, from for- + swerian to swear Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to make a liar of (oneself) under or as if under oath 2. a. to reject or renounce under oath b. to renounce earnestly 3. to deny under oath intransitive verb to swear falsely Synonyms: see abjure

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  • forswear — for·swear /fōr swar/ vb swore / swōr/, sworn, / swōrn/, swear·ing vt 1: to reject, renounce, or deny under oath 2: to renounce earnestly vi: to swear falsely: commit false swearing …   Law dictionary

  • Forswear — For*swear , v. t. [imp. {Forswore}; p. p. {Forsworn}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forswearing}.] [OE. forsweren, forswerien, AS. forswerian; pref. for + swerian to swear. See {For }, and {Swear}, v. i.] 1. To reject or renounce upon oath; hence, to renounce …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forswear — ► VERB (past forswore; past part. forsworn) formal 1) agree to give up or do without. 2) (forswear oneself/be forsworn) commit perjury …   English terms dictionary

  • forswear — [fôr swer′] vt. forswore [fôr′swôr′] forsworn, forswearing [ME forswerien < OE forswerian: see FOR & SWEAR] 1. to renounce on oath; promise earnestly to give up 2. to deny earnestly or on oath vi. to swear falsely; commit perjury …   English World dictionary

  • Forswear — For*swear , v. i. To swear falsely; to commit perjury. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forswear — (v.) O.E. forswerian swear falsely, also abandon or renounce on oath, from for completely + swerian to swear. Related: Foreswore; foresworn …   Etymology dictionary

  • forswear — 1 *abjure, renounce, recant, retract Analogous words: *abandon, desert, forsake: repudiate, spurn, reject (see DECLINE): *deny, contravene, traverse, gainsay 2 *peijure …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • forswear — [v] abandon, disavow abjure, deny, disclaim, disown, drop, forgo, forsake, give up, recall, recant, reject, renege, renounce, repudiate, retract, swear off, take back, withdraw; concepts 44,54 Ant. go back to, revert …   New thesaurus

  • forswear — UK [fɔː(r)ˈsweə(r)] / US [fɔrˈswer] verb [transitive] Word forms forswear : present tense I/you/we/they forswear he/she/it forswears present participle forswearing past tense forswore UK [fɔː(r)ˈswɔː(r)] / US [fɔrˈswɔr] past participle forsworn… …   English dictionary

  • forswear — forswearer, n. /fawr swair /, v., forswore, forsworn, forswearing. v.t. 1. to reject or renounce under oath: to forswear an injurious habit. 2. to deny vehemently or under oath. 3. to perjure (oneself). v.i. 4. to swear falsely; commit perjury.… …   Universalium

  • forswear — [[t]fɔː(r)swe͟ə(r)[/t]] forswears, forswearing, forswore, forsworn VERB If you forswear something, you promise that you will stop doing it, having it, or using it. [FORMAL or LITERARY] [V n] The party was offered a share of government if it… …   English dictionary

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