forswerian

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *fraswarjan. Cognate with Old Saxon farswerian, Old High German farsweren. Equivalent to for- +‎ swerian.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /forˈswer.jɑn/, [forˈswerˠ.jɑn]

Verb[edit]

forswerian

  1. to commit perjury, swear a false oath

Usage notes[edit]

  • Like Modern English "to perjure," often used reflexively: Ġif hwelċ lǣwede mann hine forswerie, fæste fēower ġēar ("If a layman perjures himself, he must fast for four years").

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Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: forsweren

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