abjure


ab·jure

transitive verb \ab-ˈjr\

: to reject (something) formally

ab·juredab·jur·ing

Full Definition of ABJURE

1
a :  to renounce upon oath
b :  to reject solemnly
2
:  to abstain from :  avoid <abjure extravagance>
ab·jur·er noun

Examples of ABJURE

  1. <abjured some long-held beliefs when she converted to another religion>
  2. <a strict religious sect that abjures the luxuries, comforts, and conveniences of the modern world>

Origin of ABJURE

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French abjurer, from Latin abjurare, from ab- + jurare to swear — more at jury
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of ABJURE

abjure, renounce, forswear, recant, retract mean to withdraw one's word or professed belief. abjure implies a firm and final rejecting or abandoning often made under oath <abjured the errors of his former faith>. renounce often equals abjure but may carry the meaning of disclaim or disown <renounced abstract art and turned to portrait painting>. forswear may add to abjure an implication of perjury or betrayal <I cannot forswear my principles>. recant stresses the withdrawing or denying of something professed or taught <if they recant they will be spared>. retract applies to the withdrawing of a promise, an offer, or an accusation <the newspaper had to retract its allegations against the mayor>.

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