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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.
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President Vladimir Putin of Russia said that the proposal to take control of Syria's chemical weapons -- and to resolve the crisis in general -- was possible only if the United States and others forswore the use of military force.
I ate sparingly, forswore my nightly tipple of Stella, and drank lots of water.
I have been plagued by people who forswore they would not be seen dead in front of television watching proceedings at Westminster Abbey today.
At the same time, the summit stressed that ISAF states would back any peace deal in Afghanistan which respected the constitution, forswore violence and ended the insurgents' ties with terrorists.
PIGS flew, politicians recited love sonnets, and hardened hacks forswore the drink.