forswearing

forswear

[fawr-swair]
verb (used with object), forswore, forsworn, forswearing.
1.
to reject or renounce under oath: to forswear an injurious habit.
2.
to deny vehemently or under oath.
3.
to perjure (oneself).
verb (used without object), forswore, forsworn, forswearing.
4.
to swear falsely; commit perjury.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English forsweren, Old English forswerian. See for-, swear

forswearer, noun


1. abjure, relinquish, forgo, forsake, abandon.
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forswear (fɔːˈswɛə)
 
vb , -swears, -swearing, -swore, -sworn
1.  (tr) to reject or renounce with determination or as upon oath
2.  (tr) to deny or disavow absolutely or upon oath: he forswore any knowledge of the crime
3.  to perjure (oneself)
 
[Old English forswearian]
 
for'swearer
 
n

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forswear
O.E. forswerian "swear falsely," also "abandon or renounce on oath," from for- "completely" + swerian "to swear."
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