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Saturday, October 15, 2005


\ab-JUR\ , transitive verb;
To renounce under oath.
To renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to reject; repudiate.
To abstain from; to shun.
abjure, on his knees, his heretical views that the Earth moves around the Sun.
-- Alan Gurney, Below the Convergence
He closed his eyes as he raised the goblet to his lips and took a small sip of the cool liquid, and then his face paled as he understood how sublime the taste of the forbidden drink was, and how easily one might become enslaved to it. There and then he resolved to abjure it totally.
-- A. B. Yehoshua, A Journey to the End of theMillennium
In the mid-1970's, a young European couple abjure middle-class comforts in favor of travel to India, where the wife, Sophie, grows disillusioned with Eastern spiritualism just as her husband, Matteo, is swept up in it.
-- Laurel Graeber, "New and Noteworthy Paperbacks", New York Times, January 12, 1997
Abjure comes from Latin abjurare, "to deny upon oath," from ab-, "away" + jurare, "to swear." It is related to jury, "a body of persons sworn to give a verdict on a given matter."
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