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A renunciation or Abandonment by or upon oath. The renunciation under oath of one's citizenship or some other right or privilege.


verb abandonment, defection, denial, disaffirmation, disallowance, disavowal, disclaimer, disownment, forswearing, recall, recantation, renouncement, renunciation, repudiation, revocation, revokement
Associated concepts: abjuration of allegiance, law of sanctuury, oath of abjuration
See also: abdication, denial, desertion, disclaimer, disdain, negation, refusal, rejection, relinquishment, renunciation, repudiation, rescision, resignation, retraction


renunciation by an OATH.

ABJURATION. 1. A renunciation of allegiance to a country by oath.
     2.-1. The act of Congress of the 14th of April, 1802, 2 Story's Laws, U.S. 850, requires that when an alien shall apply to be admitted a citizen of the United States, he shall declare on oath or affirmation before the court where the application shall be made, inter alia, that he doth absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity which he owes to any foreign prince, &c., and particularly, by name, the prince, &c., whereof he was before a citizen or subject. Rawle on the Const. 98.
     3.-2. In England the oath of abjuration is an oath by which an Englishman binds himself not to acknowledge any right in the Pretender to the throne of England.
     4.-3 It signifies also, according to 25 Car. H., an oath abjuring to certain doctrines of the church of Rome.
     5.-4. In the ancient English law it was a renunciation of one's country and taking an oath of perpetual banishment. A man who had committed a felony, and for safety flea to a sanctuary might within forty days' confess the fact, and take the oath of abjuration and perpetual banishment; he was then transported. This was abolished by Stat. 1 Jac. 1, c. 25. Ayl. Parerg. 14.

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This trajectory continues into the later chapters, where Sartore continues to discuss examples of changes in outlawry procedure, and changes in the use of imprisonment, abjuration and exile, but without making clear distinctions, and without much consideration of their uses or of the interconnections between them.
On his part, Banville had appealed to Lord Chandos's abjuration of literary culture and verbal language--in favour of sensory perception and a merging with the unselected flux of life, a realm of self-absorbed "commonplace things" (the epiphanic image of a dog lying in a patch of sun soon comes to mind, and is not lost on Coetzee either)--in order to put us on our guard against the cold "big game of the intellect" (BANVILLE, 1999, p.
This figure of the "benevolent uncle," who serves as an exemplar of benevolence through his abjuration of marriage and heterosexual reproduction, not only appears in the writings of Wollstonecraft, but also in the work of her contemporary, Elizabeth Inchbald.
The final barrier to emancipation was the Oath of Abjuration, which was one of the three oaths that had to be taken by an MP before taking his seat in the House of Commons.
By squarely opposing Scanderbeg's heroism to the princes' abjuration, Aubigne suggests both that the latter have betrayed their nature and good blood that they inherited from their fathers and that they can recover their true faith and identity like the Albanian hero.
The essay's hard line may seem at odds with Perec's reputation as a writer of lipograms, palindromes, and puzzles--or as a practitioner of an apolitical "potential literature" often characterized, if not caricatured, by its abjuration of semantic intention and its use of procedural constraints.
Finocchiaro reproduces the corrections made to De Revolutionibus and many versions of the official announcements of Galileo's abjuration propagated around Europe after 1633.
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The character Munford, a career criminal who helps inaugurate Procter's reformation, reflects the narrative's seeming abjuration of a phallocentric and patriarchal ethos.
and it is achieved several times over, by Prospero's dissolution and abjuration speeches, by the masque itself with its implication that Miranda and Ferdinand are natural as well as political monarchs, by the revelation of the lovers playing chess, and finally by the forming of a human ring wider and warmer than any magician's compulsory circle" (142).
In a remarkable summation, the newspaper's editorial listed current perils as "the obliteration of Christianity; the deification of sensuality; the proscription of property; the abjuration of all religion and morality; the repudiation of marriage, and as a necessary corollary the state adoption of children; universal license; and the wrecking of civilization and giving over of society to general plunder.