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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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Part Two begins with an account of what is abandoned when Marxism is forsworn.
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Every November BLACK ENTERPRISE profiles individuals who have forsworn traditional nine-to-five office jobs and are making their homes pay off in more ways than one.
Massoud Barzani, leader of the Kurdistan Democratic party (KDP), and Jalal Talabani, head of the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), have forsworn their traditional rivalry in favour of maintaining a united Kurdish front.
That's why since this incident he has forsworn alcohol.
Do not think me a feeble lover who swears and swears and is forsworn.
Prescott shouldn't have forsworn Dorneywood, owned and run by a charity and therefore not a drain on taxpayers.
And Koizumi has not forsworn visiting Yasukuni Shrine, either.
She's forsworn the life of daughter, wife, widow, and mother;
This operation will come to a successful end when there is a new government in Iraq that has been decided upon by the people of Iraq and when the people of Iraq have forsworn any support of terrorism and there are no more weapons of mass destruction,' Mr Powell said.
Most worrying for the peace process were the firing of guns, which should have remained silent after paramilitaries on all sides claimed to have forsworn violence.
Elsewhere, the play's arc is wearyingly routine: No sooner has one character forsworn dancing or another made a point of passing on the drink than each is boogying away and/or boozing in time for the final curtain.