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abjure

[ab-joo r, -jur] /æbˈdʒʊər, -ˈdʒɜr/
verb (used with object), abjured, abjuring.
1.
to renounce, repudiate, or retract, especially with formal solemnity; recant:
to abjure one's errors.
2.
to renounce or give up under oath; forswear:
to abjure allegiance.
3.
to avoid or shun.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for abjured

abjure

/əbˈdʒʊə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to renounce or retract, esp formally, solemnly, or under oath
2.
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 abjured

abjure

v.

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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