forswear


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms, Wikipedia.
Related to forswear: perjure, forswore

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.

forswear

verb abandon, abhor, abjure, abnegate, avoid, break off, cast aside, cast away, cast off, decline, deny, desert, disaccustom, discard, disclaim, discontinue, 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
See also: abandon, answer, bear false witness, betray, cloak, contradict, deceive, deny, disavow, disclaim, discontinue, disown, eschew, exclude, fabricate, falsify, forfeit, forgo, lie, palter, perjure, prevaricate, quit, refuse, reject, relinquish, renounce, reply, repudiate, surrender

forswear

to perjure oneself See PERJURY.
References in periodicals archive ?
The forgiver forswears resentment, but the evildoer, to be morally deserving of that effort, must acknowledge his wrong and repent, or in some other way suitably distance himself from his wrong and the message of disrespect so often tied to it.
I will not forswear allegiance to Great Britain because I owe no allegiance to Great Britain.
I doubt I'll have the wit of someone like the philosopher Voltaire who, when asked on his deathbed to forswear Satan, remarked 'This is no time to make new enemies.
of goalie Pete (Petteri Summanen), hopes to teach them a lesson by making a wager: If her team of neglected partners can beat the boys in a game by the end of the summer, then the men will have to forswear football forever; if the girls lose, they'll pay for the German jaunt.
This is a wonderful opportunity for Syria to forswear the pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and to see if there are not new possibilities in the Middle East peace process,' Bolton said.
If the Iraqi regime wishes peace, it will immediately and unconditionally forswear, disclose, and remove or destroy all weapons of mass destruction," the President said.
With reporters facing increasing peril, the time has come for the CIA to forswear using journalist covers, forever
Being forced to forswear his beliefs must be a painful process, so I felt almost sorry for David Blunkett.
D2KLA, an umbrella organization representing various protest groups, has tried to get the LAPD to forswear such crowd-control measures.
The participating nations explicitly forswear any claim of national sovereignty; long-term questions, about self-governing space colonies and the like, are held in abeyance.
RELATED ARTICLE: Weeks before the shock news of Netanyahu's election success, a gathering of Palestinian exiles - among them former highjackets and avowed revolutionaries - were allowed home to forswear their commitment to "liberating the land" by "destroying" their enemy.
More provocative (and important) is Noonan's veiled displeasure at Pope John Paul I's 1978 decision to forswear a papal coronation with the traditional triple crown, or tiara, in favor of a simple "installation" - symbolized by the imposition of the metropolitan archbishop's pallium, a humble vestment without regal connotations.