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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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Examples from the web for abjure
  • To reach that listener she has to give up one of the jazz musician's primary rights, which is to abjure her past.
  • But let us hope those yet to be written will abjure facile ideology.
  • Both abjure violence but are ready to court confrontation by bringing thousands of ethnic Albanians into the streets.
  • Academic freedom to pursue the truth entails the obligation to abjure untruth.
  • If the client refuses, the lawyer may then abjure the case.
  • The Union is wrong to abjure its own liberal identity.
  • They cannot afford to abjure militancy.
  • Indeed, if many investors abjure the listing, those who hold their noses and take the plunge might make even more money.
  • But the same deafness afflicts the same people when they are exhorted to abjure other sorts of unhealthy behaviour.
  • But even whilst they deny and abjure, they are yet compelled to serve, that power which is seated on the throne of their own soul.
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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