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Definition of FORSWEARING

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Forswear \For*swear"\, v. t. [imp. {Forswore}; p. p. {Forsworn}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forswearing}.] [OE. forsweren, forswerien, AS. forswerian; pref. for- + swerian to swear. See {For-}, and {Swear}, v. i.]
     1. To reject or renounce upon oath; hence, to renounce earnestly, determinedly, or with protestations. [1913 Webster]

              I . . . do forswear her.              --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. To deny upon oath.
        [1913 Webster]

              Like innocence, and as serenely bold
              As truth, how loudly he forswears thy gold!
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     {To forswear one's self}, to swear falsely; to perjure one's self. "Thou shalt not forswear thyself." --Matt. v. 33.

     Syn: See {Perjure}.
          [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


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