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[pur-jer] /ˈpɜr dʒər/
verb (used with object), perjured, perjuring.
to render (oneself) guilty of swearing falsely or of willfully making a false statement under oath or solemn affirmation:
The witness perjured herself when she denied knowing the defendant.
Origin of perjure
1475-85; < Latin perjūrāre to swear falsely, equivalent to per- through, i.e., beyond the limits (see per-) + jūrāre to swear, literally, to be at law, derivative of jūs jus
Related forms
perjurement, noun
perjurer, noun
unperjuring, adjective Unabridged
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  • I don't believe he'll dare to stand up as a witness in court and perjure himself.

  • Would you ask me to perjure my immortal soul to the world and to my God?

  • To manswear comes from the Anglo-Saxon mnswerian meaning to swear falsely or to perjure oneself.

  • I will not perjure myself at his bidding; but being with him, I will kneel to him unbidden.

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • He remembered the young clerk who had wanted to perjure himself for his sake.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • If you question her you'll simply drive her to perjure herself.

    Embarrassments Henry James
  • And so am I,” thought Tresham, who stood in the rear, “—that he will perjure himself.

    Guy Fawkes William Harrison Ainsworth
  • "You want me to perjure myself and you 'want me to do it quick,'" she mimicked.

    The Lady Doc Caroline Lockhart
  • Those who might otherwise be ready to perjure themselves against you will be afraid to speak since this last business.

    The Orange Girl Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for perjure


(transitive) (criminal law) to render (oneself) guilty of perjury
Derived Forms
perjurer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French parjurer, from Latin perjūrāre, from per- + jūrāre to make an oath, from jūs law
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Word Origin and History for perjure

mid-15c. "swear falsely" (implied in perjured; late 13c. in Anglo-French), from Old French parjurer "to break one's word, renege on a promise" (11c.), from Latin periurare "to swear falsely, break one's oath" (see perjury). Reflexive sense is from 18c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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