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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.
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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Examples for perjure
  • And he did perjure himself in court in a case he brought to protest a fee he didn't have to pay.
  • And then came to federal court to perjure himself so as not to lose face with the talk-radio public.
  • As a result, police officers often perjure themselves to meet what they regard as the technicalities of the law.
  • Nothing in the record suggested that members of the appellant's group would perjure themselves.
  • Physical evidence cannot be wrong, it cannot perjure itself, it cannot be wholly absent.
  • Applicant's stated willingness to perjure himself in another context is relevant to his security eligibility.
  • Kern argued this would require someone to perjure himself.
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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