forswear

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Middle English forsweren, from Old English forswerian (to swear falsely). More at for- +‎ swear.

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forswear (third-person singular simple present forswears, present participle forswearing, simple past forswore, past participle forsworn)

  1. (transitive) To renounce or deny something, especially under oath.
    • Shakespeare
      I [] do forswear her.
    • Dryden
      Like innocence, and as serenely bold / As truth, how loudly he forswears thy gold!
  2. (intransitive) To commit perjury.
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