Simple Definition of perjury
law : the crime of telling a lie in a court of law after promising to tell the truth
Full Definition of perjury
: 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
He was found guilty of perjury.
First Known Use of perjury
Rhymes with perjury
Legal Definition of perjury
: 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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