Perjury Definition

pûrjə-rē
perjuries
noun
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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.
Webster's New World
The breaking of any oath or formal promise.
Webster's New World
An act of committing such a crime.
Testimony full of perjuries.
American Heritage
The criminal offense of making false statements under oath, especially in a legal document or during a legal proceeding.
Webster's New World Law
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Other Word Forms of Perjury

Noun

Singular:
perjury
Plural:
perjuries

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

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