The witness was tempted to commit perjury but reconsidered after she remembered taking the oath to tell the truth.
An example of perjury is a witness telling a lie while giving testimony in court.
- the willful telling of a lie while under lawful oath or affirmation to tell the truth in a matter material to the point of inquiry
- the breaking of any oath or formal promise
Origin of perjuryMiddle English from Old French parjurie from Classical Latin perjurium from perjurus, false, breaking oath from per, through + jus (gen. juris), a right, justice: see jury
nounpl. per·ju·ries Law
- The crime of willfully and knowingly making a false statement about a material fact while under oath.
- An act of committing such a crime: testimony full of perjuries.
Origin of perjuryMiddle English periurie from Anglo-Norman from Latin periūrium from periūrāre to perjure ; see perjure .
perjury - Legal Definition