Abjure Definition

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To recant solemnly; renounce or repudiate.
American Heritage
To give up (rights, allegiance, etc.) under oath; renounce.
Webster's New World
To renounce under oath; forswear.
American Heritage
To give up (opinions) publicly; recant.
Webster's New World

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).

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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