Abjure Definition

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To give up (opinions) publicly; recant.
Webster's New World
To give up (rights, allegiance, etc.) under oath; renounce.
Webster's New World
The definition of abjure is to take back something, especially when you have to take it back formally or by some specific process.
An example of the word abjure is when a confession is given but then later rescinded.

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.


Origin of Abjure

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English abjuren from Old French abjurer from Latin abiūrāre ab- away ab–1 iūrāre to swear yewes- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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