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[ab-joo r, -jur] /æbˈdʒʊər, -ˈdʒɜr/
verb (used with object), abjured, abjuring.
to renounce, repudiate, or retract, especially with formal solemnity; recant:
to abjure one's errors.
to renounce or give up under oath; forswear:
to abjure allegiance.
to avoid or shun.
Origin of abjure
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin abjūrāre to deny on oath, equivalent to ab- ab- + jūrāre to swear; see jury1
Related forms
abjuratory, adjective
abjurer, noun
nonabjuratory, adjective
unabjuratory, adjective
unabjured, adjective
Can be confused
abjure, adjure. Unabridged
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  • If this be so, the instinct which has led him gradually to abjure the earlier forms is a true one.

    Essays Arthur Christopher Benson
  • I know it has been a fault of my own, too; but from this moment I abjure it as I would the service of hell!

  • After a long examination he was desired to abjure, which he refused without the least hesitation.

  • I cannot abjure that world which contains the fondest object that links me to life.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • Henry V. was forced to abjure investiture before he could again receive his imperial crown from papal hands.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church Alexander Clarence Flick
  • They then ordered her "to abjure" publicly the various things of which she was accused.

    The Story of Rouen Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
  • But at the age of eighty, I seek quiet, and abjure contention.

British Dictionary definitions for abjure


verb (transitive)
to renounce or retract, esp formally, solemnly, or under oath
to abstain from or reject
Derived Forms
abjuration, noun
abjurer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French abjurer or Latin abjurāre to deny on oath
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Word Origin and History for abjure

early 15c., from Middle French abjurer or directly from Latin abiurare "deny on oath," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + iurare "to swear," related to ius (genitive iuris) "law" (see jurist). Related: Abjured; abjuring.

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