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perjury

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noun per·ju·ry \ˈpər-jə-rē, ˈpərj-rē\

Simple Definition of perjury

  • law : the crime of telling a lie in a court of law after promising to tell the truth

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of perjury

  1. :  the voluntary violation of an oath or vow either by swearing to what is untrue or by omission to do what has been promised under oath :  false swearing

Examples of perjury in a sentence

  1. He was found guilty of perjury.



14th Century

First Known Use of perjury

14th century

Rhymes with perjury


Law Dictionary

perjury

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noun per·ju·ry \ˈpər-jə-rē\

Legal Definition of perjury

plural perjuries

  1. :  the act or crime of knowingly making a false statement (as about a material matter) while under oath or bound by an affirmation or other officially prescribed declaration that what one says, writes, or claims is true — compare false swearing



Origin of perjury

Anglo-French perjurie parjurie, from Latin perjurium, from perjurus deliberately giving false testimony, from per- detrimental to + jur- jus law



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