forswear
for·swear /fōr-'swar/ vb -swore /-'swōr/, -sworn, /-'swōrn/, -swear·ing
vt
1: to reject, renounce, or deny under oath
2: to renounce earnestly
vi: to swear falsely: commit false swearing

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

forswear
I verb abandon, abhor, abjure, abnegate, avoid, break off, cast aside, cast away, cast off, decline, deny, desert, disaccustom, discard, disclaim, discontinue, discountenance, disdain, dispense with, divest oneself do without, drop, eschew, forego, forsake, give up, lay aside, leave, let alone, omit, part with, proscribe, quit, refrain from, refuse, reject, relinquish, renounce, repel, repudiate, sacrifice, scorn, shun, spurn, toss aside, waive, withdraw from, yield II index abandon (relinquish), answer (reply), bear false witness, betray (lead astray), cloak, deceive, deny (contradict), disaffirm, disavow, disclaim, disown (deny the validity), eschew, exclude, fabricate (make up), forfeit, forgo, lie (falsify), palter, perjure, prevaricate, quit (discontinue), refuse, reject, relinquish, renounce, repudiate, surrender (give back)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


forswear
In criminal law, to make oath to that which the deponent knows to be untrue. This term is wider in its scope than perjury, for the latter, as a technical term, includes the idea of the oath being taken before a competent court or officer and relating to a material issue, which is not implied by the word forswear.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


forswear
In criminal law, to make oath to that which the deponent knows to be untrue. This term is wider in its scope than perjury, for the latter, as a technical term, includes the idea of the oath being taken before a competent court or officer and relating to a material issue, which is not implied by the word forswear.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • Forswear — For*swear , v. t. [imp. {Forswore}; p. p. {Forsworn}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forswearing}.] [OE. forsweren, forswerien, AS. forswerian; pref. for + swerian to swear. See {For }, and {Swear}, v. i.] 1. To reject or renounce upon oath; hence, to renounce …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forswear — ► VERB (past forswore; past part. forsworn) formal 1) agree to give up or do without. 2) (forswear oneself/be forsworn) commit perjury …   English terms dictionary

  • forswear — [fôr swer′] vt. forswore [fôr′swôr′] forsworn, forswearing [ME forswerien < OE forswerian: see FOR & SWEAR] 1. to renounce on oath; promise earnestly to give up 2. to deny earnestly or on oath vi. to swear falsely; commit perjury …   English World dictionary

  • Forswear — For*swear , v. i. To swear falsely; to commit perjury. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forswear — (v.) O.E. forswerian swear falsely, also abandon or renounce on oath, from for completely + swerian to swear. Related: Foreswore; foresworn …   Etymology dictionary

  • forswear — 1 *abjure, renounce, recant, retract Analogous words: *abandon, desert, forsake: repudiate, spurn, reject (see DECLINE): *deny, contravene, traverse, gainsay 2 *peijure …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • forswear — [v] abandon, disavow abjure, deny, disclaim, disown, drop, forgo, forsake, give up, recall, recant, reject, renege, renounce, repudiate, retract, swear off, take back, withdraw; concepts 44,54 Ant. go back to, revert …   New thesaurus

  • forswear — UK [fɔː(r)ˈsweə(r)] / US [fɔrˈswer] verb [transitive] Word forms forswear : present tense I/you/we/they forswear he/she/it forswears present participle forswearing past tense forswore UK [fɔː(r)ˈswɔː(r)] / US [fɔrˈswɔr] past participle forsworn… …   English dictionary

  • forswear — forswearer, n. /fawr swair /, v., forswore, forsworn, forswearing. v.t. 1. to reject or renounce under oath: to forswear an injurious habit. 2. to deny vehemently or under oath. 3. to perjure (oneself). v.i. 4. to swear falsely; commit perjury.… …   Universalium

  • forswear — [[t]fɔː(r)swe͟ə(r)[/t]] forswears, forswearing, forswore, forsworn VERB If you forswear something, you promise that you will stop doing it, having it, or using it. [FORMAL or LITERARY] [V n] The party was offered a share of government if it… …   English dictionary

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