Perjury is knowingly telling a lie or breaking an oath.
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 peri&umacron;rium, from peri&umacron;r&amacron;re, to perjure; see perjure.
perjury - Legal Definition
The criminal offense of making false statements under oath, especially in a legal document or during a legal proceeding.