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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

to perjure oneself See PERJURY.
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Not just the disappearance and non-recurrence of the feelings of resentment that we are trying to forswear. Simple forgetting or perhaps even drugs might yield that result.
Are we to assume that every physician who takes the oath thereby forswears Christianity, Judaism, or any other modern religion in favor of the old pagan gods and goddesses?
The author forswears the exaggerated, pejorative rhetoric so often associated with previous accounts of the Morgan family enterprise.