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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
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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Examples for forsworn
  • But all oaths forsworn were no longer binding, he said today.
  • Especially in the studio, he has forsworn convention and steered clear of the standard repertory.
  • It is also crucial that other forms of bank bailouts be forsworn.
  • No president has ever forsworn our ability to use nuclear weapons.
  • He has not forsworn trading, and the possibility remains open to him in view of his age and experience.
  • Other means of promoting bailouts must also be forsworn.
  • He has forsworn the stage, but he will dance in the minuet.
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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