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abjure

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verb ab·jure \ab-ˈju̇r\

Simple Definition of abjure

  • : to reject (something) formally

Full Definition of abjure

ab·juredab·jur·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to renounce upon oath b :  to reject solemnly

  3. 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 rejecting or abandoning often made under oath <abjured the errors of his former faith>. renounce may carry the meaning of disclaim or disown <renounced abstract art and turned to portrait painting>. forswear may add 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 the story>.


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