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  • 1 forswear — for·swear /fōr swar/ vb swore / swōr/, sworn, / swōrn/, swear·ing vt 1: to reject, renounce, or deny under oath 2: to renounce earnestly vi: to swear falsely: commit false swearing …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Forswear — For*swear , v. t. [imp. {Forswore}; p. p. {Forsworn}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forswearing}.] [OE. forsweren, forswerien, AS. forswerian; pref. for + swerian to swear. See {For }, and {Swear}, v. i.] 1. To reject or renounce upon oath; hence, to renounce …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 forswear — ► VERB (past forswore; past part. forsworn) formal 1) agree to give up or do without. 2) (forswear oneself/be forsworn) commit perjury …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 forswear — [fôr swer′] vt. forswore [fôr′swôr′] forsworn, forswearing [ME forswerien < OE forswerian: see FOR & SWEAR] 1. to renounce on oath; promise earnestly to give up 2. to deny earnestly or on oath vi. to swear falsely; commit perjury …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Forswear — For*swear , v. i. To swear falsely; to commit perjury. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 forswear — (v.) O.E. forswerian swear falsely, also abandon or renounce on oath, from for completely + swerian to swear. Related: Foreswore; foresworn …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 forswear — 1 *abjure, renounce, recant, retract Analogous words: *abandon, desert, forsake: repudiate, spurn, reject (see DECLINE): *deny, contravene, traverse, gainsay 2 *peijure …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 forswear — [v] abandon, disavow abjure, deny, disclaim, disown, drop, forgo, forsake, give up, recall, recant, reject, renege, renounce, repudiate, retract, swear off, take back, withdraw; concepts 44,54 Ant. go back to, revert …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 forswear — UK [fɔː(r)ˈsweə(r)] / US [fɔrˈswer] verb [transitive] Word forms forswear : present tense I/you/we/they forswear he/she/it forswears present participle forswearing past tense forswore UK [fɔː(r)ˈswɔː(r)] / US [fɔrˈswɔr] past participle forsworn… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 forswear — forswearer, n. /fawr swair /, v., forswore, forsworn, forswearing. v.t. 1. to reject or renounce under oath: to forswear an injurious habit. 2. to deny vehemently or under oath. 3. to perjure (oneself). v.i. 4. to swear falsely; commit perjury.… …

    Universalium

  • 11 forswear — [[t]fɔː(r)swe͟ə(r)[/t]] forswears, forswearing, forswore, forsworn VERB If you forswear something, you promise that you will stop doing it, having it, or using it. [FORMAL or LITERARY] [V n] The party was offered a share of government if it… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 forswear — verb (past forswore; past participle forsworn) formal 1》 agree to give up or do without. 2》 (forswear oneself/be forsworn) archaic commit perjury. Origin OE forswerian (see for , swear) …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 13 forswear — for•swear [[t]fɔrˈswɛər[/t]] v. swore, sworn, swearing 1) to renounce under oath; abjure: to forswear one s sinful ways[/ex] 2) to deny vehemently or under oath 3) to perjure (oneself) 4) to swear falsely; commit perjury • Etymology: bef. 900… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 forswear — /forswer/ In criminal law, to make oath to that which the deponent knows to be untrue. This term is wider in its scope than perjury, for the latter, as a technical term, includes the idea of the oath being taken before a competent court or… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 15 forswear — v.tr. (past forswore; past part. forsworn) 1 abjure; renounce on oath. 2 (as forsworn adj.) perjured. Phrases and idioms: forswear oneself swear falsely; perjure oneself. Etymology: OE forswerian (as FOR , SWEAR) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 16 forswear — also foreswear verb (forswore; forsworn; swearing) Etymology: Middle English forsweren, from Old English forswerian, from for + swerian to swear Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to make a liar of (oneself) under or as if under oath 2 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 forswear — verb a) To renounce or deny something, especially under oath. b) To commit perjury …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 forswear — Synonyms and related words: abandon, abdicate, abjure, acknowledge defeat, assert the contrary, back down, back out, backwater, belie, brush aside, cease, cede, chuck, chuck out, climb down, contemn, contest, contradict, contravene, controvert,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 forswear — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. deny, abjure; commit perjury. See negation, falsehood. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. abjure, renounce, repudiate, retract; see abandon 1 , deny . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. renounce, disavow, deny,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 forswear — for|swear [fo:ˈsweə US fo:rˈswer] v past tense forswore [ ˈswo: US ˈswo:r] past participle forsworn [ ˈswo:n US ˈswo:rn] [T] formal [: Old English; Origin: forswerian] to stop doing something or promise that you will stop doing something =… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English