To renounce something under oath usually on the Bible: in a time of faith, a solemn act. -

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  • abjure — abjure, renounce, forswear, recant, retract are synonymous when they mean to abandon irrevocably and, usually, with solemnity or publicity. Except in the extended senses of abjure, renounce, and forswear they all imply the recall of one’s word.… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Abjure — Ab*jure , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abjured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abjuring}.] [L. abjurare to deny upon oath; ab + jurare to swear, fr. jus, juris, right, law; cf. F. abjurer. See {Jury}.] 1. To renounce upon oath; to forswear; to disavow; as, to abjure… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abjure — abjure, adjure Abjure means ‘to renounce on oath’ • (He had abjured, he thought, all superstitions Iris Murdoch, 1985) and to abjure one s country (or realm) is to swear to abandon it for ever. It is also used in the weakened sense ‘to renounce’… …   Modern English usage

  • abjure — ab·jure /ab ju̇r, əb / vt ab·jured, ab·jur·ing [Latin abjurare, from ab off + jurare to swear]: renounce; specif: to disclaim formally or renounce upon oath solemnly abjure s his allegiance to his former country ab·ju·ra·tion /ˌab jə rā shən/ …   Law dictionary

  • abjuré — abjuré, ée (ab ju ré, ée) part. passé. Le calvinisme abjuré par Henri IV. De vieilles haines, depuis longtemps abjurées …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Abjure — Ab*jure , v. i. To renounce on oath. Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abjure — (v.) early 15c., from M.Fr. abjurer or directly from L. abjurare deny on oath, from ab away (see AB (Cf. ab )) + jurare to swear, related to jus (gen. juris) law (see JURIST (Cf. jurist)). Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • abjure — [v] give up abstain from, forswear, recant, renege, renounce, retract, take back, withdraw; concepts 30,54,195 …   New thesaurus

  • abjuré — Abjuré, [abjur]ée. part. Il a les significations de son verbe …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • abjure — ► VERB formal ▪ swear to give up (a belief or claim). DERIVATIVES abjuration noun. ORIGIN Latin abjurare, from jurare swear …   English terms dictionary

  • abjure — [ab joor′, əbjoor′] vt. abjured, abjuring [ME abjuren < L abjurare < ab , from, away + jurare, to swear: see JURY1] 1. to give up (rights, allegiance, etc.) under oath; renounce 2. to give up (opinions) publicly; recant abjuration [ab΄jə… …   English World dictionary

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