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forswear

[fawr-swair] /fɔrˈswɛər/
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
900
before 900; Middle English forsweren, Old English forswerian. See for-, swear
Related forms
forswearer, noun
Synonyms
1. abjure, relinquish, forgo, forsake, abandon.
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British Dictionary definitions for forswore

forswear

/fɔːˈswɛə/
verb -swears, -swearing, -swore, -sworn
1.
(transitive) to reject or renounce with determination or as upon oath
2.
(transitive) to deny or disavow absolutely or upon oath: he forswore any knowledge of the crime
3.
to perjure (oneself)
Derived Forms
forswearer, noun
Word Origin
Old English forswearian
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Word Origin and History for forswore

forswear

v.

Old English forswerian "swear falsely," also "abandon or renounce on oath," from for- "completely" + swerian "to swear." Related: Forswore; forsworn; forswearing.

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