An example of the word abjure is when a confession is given but then later rescinded.
transitive verb-·jured′, -·jur′ing
- to give up (rights, allegiance, etc.) under oath; renounce
- to give up (opinions) publicly; recant
Origin of abjureMiddle English abjuren from Classical Latin abjurare from ab-, from, away + jurare, to swear: see jury
transitive verbab·jured, ab·jur·ing, ab·jures
- To recant solemnly; renounce or repudiate: “For nearly 21 years after his resignation as Prime Minister in 1963, he abjured all titles, preferring to remain just plain 'Mr.'” ( Time )
- To renounce under oath; forswear.
Origin of abjureMiddle English abjuren from Old French abjurer from Latin abiūrāre ab- away ; see ab- 1. iūrāre to swear ; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present abjures, present participle abjuring, simple past and past participle abjured)
- To renounce upon oath; to forswear; to disavow. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- To abjure allegiance to a prince.
- To abjure the realm (to swear to abandon it forever).
- To reject with solemnity; to abandon forever; to repudiate; to disclaim. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- To abjure errors.
- To abstain from; to avoid; to shun.
From Middle English abjuren, from Latin abiūrō (“deny upon oath”) (possibly via Middle French abjurer), formed from ab (“from, away from”) + iūro (“swear or take an oath”), from iūs (“law, right, duty”).