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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 classic literature ?
Miss Miggs, whose gentle heart was touched, did not wait for the oath (knowing how strong the temptation was, and fearing he might forswear himself), but tripped lightly down the stairs, and with her own fair hands drew back the rough fastenings of the workshop window.
Elsewhere in the show, this conflicted dynamic opened onto other antagonisms endemic to AbEx: intuitive spontaneity versus composition (see the tussle between drip and symmetry in Longhand, 2007), for example, or the grid as self-referential versus the grid as a portal to those regions beyond that it was meant to annul (the inky rectilinear armature of Valles Marineris, 1992, simultaneously forswears illusionist space and creates windowlike apertures).
Reared as an evangelical, a tradition that forswears ornamentation and ritual, Goliwas had no sense of the meaning of Catholic art she was being asked to create.
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.
presidential candidates in both parties should say they're prepared to normalize relations with North Korea only if it forswears nuclear weapons, allows verification and stops proliferating.