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perjury

[pur-juh-ree] /ˈpɜr dʒə ri/
noun, plural perjuries. Law.
1.
the willful giving of false testimony under oath or affirmation, before a competent tribunal, upon a point material to a legal inquiry.
Origin of perjury
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English perjurie < Anglo-French < Latin perjūrium, equivalent to perjūr(us) swearing falsely (see perjure) + -ium -ium; replacing parjure < Old French < Latin as above
Related forms
perjurious
[per-joo r-ee-uh s] /pərˈdʒʊər i əs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
perjuriously, adverb
perjuriousness, noun
nonperjury, noun, plural nonperjuries.
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perjury

/ˈpɜːdʒərɪ/
noun (pl) -juries
1.
(criminal law) the offence committed by a witness in judicial proceedings who, having been lawfully sworn or having affirmed, wilfully gives false evidence
Derived Forms
perjurious (pɜːˈdʒʊərɪəs) adjective
perjuriously, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French parjurie, from Latin perjūrium a false oath; see perjure
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Word Origin and History for perjury
n.

late 14c., "act of swearing to a statement known to be false," via Anglo-French perjurie (late 13c.) and Old French parjurée "perjury, false witness," both from Latin periurium "a false oath," from periurare "swear falsely," from per- "away, entirely" (see per) + iurare "to swear" (see jury (n.)). Related: Perjurious.

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