Origin of perjureMiddle English parjuren ; from Old French parjurer ; from Classical Latin perjurare ; from per, through + jurare, to swear: see jury
transitive verbper·jured, per·jur·ing, per·jures Law
Origin of perjureMiddle English perjuren, from Old French perjurer, from Latin peri&umacron;rare : per-, per- + i&umacron;rare, to swear; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present perjures, present participle perjuring, simple past and past participle perjured)
- (reflexive) To knowingly and willfully make a false statement of witness while in court.
- To cause to violate an oath or a vow; to cause to make oath knowingly to what is untrue; to make guilty of perjury; to forswear; to corrupt.
- He perjured himself.
- To make a false oath to; to deceive by oaths and protestations.
- (obsolete) A perjured person.