Perjury meaning

pûrjə-rē
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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.
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The criminal offense of making false statements under oath, especially in a legal document or during a legal proceeding.
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The crime of willfully and knowingly making a false statement about a material fact while under oath.
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The breaking of any oath or formal promise.
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(law) The deliberate giving of false or misleading testimony under oath.

We declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct and that this declaration was executed on March 22, 2005, at Seattle, Washington.

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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.

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An act of committing such a crime.

Testimony full of perjuries.

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Origin of perjury

  • Middle English periurie from Anglo-Norman from Latin periūrium from periūrāre to perjure perjure

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

  • Ultimately from Latin perjurare (“swear falsely"), from Latin per- +"Ž jurare.

    From Wiktionary