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forswear

verb for·swear \fȯr-ˈswer\

Simple Definition of forswear

  • : to promise to give up (something) or to stop doing (something)

Full Definition of forswear

for·sworeplay \-ˈswȯr\for·swornplay \-ˈswȯrn\for·swear·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a liar of (oneself) under or as if under oath

  3. 2 a :  to reject or renounce under oath b :  to renounce earnestly

  4. 3 :  to deny under oath

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to swear falsely

Examples of forswear

  1. She forswore her allegiance to the old regime.

  2. He foreswore cigarettes as his New Year's resolution.



Variants of forswear

also fore·swear \fȯr-ˈswer\

Origin of forswear

Middle English forsweren, from Old English forswerian, from for- + swerian to swear


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of forswear

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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