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forsworn

[fawr-swawrn, -swohrn] /fɔrˈswɔrn, -ˈswoʊrn/
verb
1.
past participle of forswear.
adjective
2.
Related forms
forswornness, noun
unforsworn, adjective

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 of forswear
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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  • For a day they were forsworn from blood, but their wild eyes and twitching hands told their future purpose.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • And yet for her a trusted officer, a friend, had forsworn his service and his comrades.

    Priestess of the Flame Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • He has forsworn his country, and never willingly will set foot within her borders.

    Zenobia William Ware
  • That land, you treacherous, forsworn Spanish dog, is the island of Hispaniola.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Times without number I have forsworn it, and I will never add another broken vow to my perjured soul.

    Little Wolf M. A. Cornelius
  • Well doth it become Harmachis, who never was forsworn, to speak to me of oaths!

    Cleopatra H. Rider Haggard
  • "Green's forsaken and yellow's forsworn," she murmured ruefully.

    The Beauty Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • Raleigh—If truth be constant, and constancy be in truth, why hath he forsworn that that he hath said?

  • Yellow's forsaken, and green's forsworn, but blue and red ought to be worn.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • This was what I always looked forward to, as you did also; you have obtained it, I have forsworn it.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for forsworn

forsworn

/fɔːˈswɔːn/
verb
1.
the past participle of forswear
Derived Forms
forswornness, noun

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 forsworn
adj.

from Old English forsworenne, past participle of forswerian (see forswear).

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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