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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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  • To be sure they all knew he was a perjurer, and very few of them would shake hands with him.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • "You speak with marvellous accuracy, Master Lawson," returned the perjurer.

  • The council of Constance then deposed him, as a perjurer, an incurable schismatic and a heretic (26th July 1417).

  • Guido swooned and awoke in his cell, an assassin, a thief, a perjurer.

    Very Woman Remy de Gourmont
  • And furthermore: two false witnesses will furnish sufficient proof, and a perjurer will do just as well.

    Plays--First Series August Strindberg
  • You will there find seated a God who is merciless to the perjurer.

  • To be selected for a perjurer, besides bringing certain and swift glory, is as good as winning the capital prize in a lottery.

    A Chambermaid's Diary Octave Mirbeau
  • His work would not have been done, if another had stepped in to chastise the perjurer.

    William the Conqueror Edward Augustus Freeman
  • What a hellish thing to make that pure girl a liar—a perjurer!

    The Rainbow Trail Zane Grey
  • Glabrio denounced Cato as a perjurer, but yet retired from his candidature.

    Cato Maior de Senectute Marcus Tullius Cicero
British Dictionary definitions for perjurer


(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 perjurer



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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