verb for·swear \fr-ˈswer\

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


Full Definition of FORSWEAR

transitive verb
:  to make a liar of (oneself) under or as if under oath
a :  to reject or renounce under oath
b :  to renounce earnestly
:  to deny under oath
intransitive verb
:  to swear falsely

Variants of FORSWEAR

for·swear also fore·swear \fr-ˈswer\

Examples of FORSWEAR

  1. She forswore her allegiance to the old regime.
  2. He foreswore cigarettes as his New Year's resolution.

Origin of FORSWEAR

Middle English forsweren, from Old English forswerian, from for- + swerian to swear
First Known Use: before 12th century


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