noun \ˈpər-jə-rē, ˈpərj-rē\

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

  1. He was found guilty of perjury.

First Known Use of PERJURY

14th century

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Rhymes with PERJURY


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In law, act or crime of knowingly making a false statement while under oath. The statement must be material to the issue of inquiry. Perjuries that have the effect of obstructing the adjudication of a case may be given increased punishment for that reason. A person who makes a false statement and later corrects it is usually not considered to have committed perjury.


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