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Examples of forswear in a Sentence
She forswore her allegiance to the old regime.
He foreswore cigarettes as his New Year's resolution.
Recent Examples of forswear from the Web
Solutions for Change, a stubbornly independent nonprofit that’s been at this line of work for 20 years, disagrees and has recently turned its back on large grants rather than forswear its principles.
Qatar has long been accused of funneling money to the Muslim Brotherhood — which has officially forsworn violence but is still accused of terrorism by some countries — as well as to radical groups in Syria, Libya and other Arab nations.
Haynes spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about making a movie for Amazon, working with child actors and forswearing dialogue.
For example, the new regime would forswear ever joining any hostile alliance.
Having forsworn working again with the 9th Division, the unit was deployed north of Intisar, to support the advance led by the Golden Division.
This diet was pioneered by the Great Master Buddhist Kûkai, who was said to have forsworn all cereal grains before self-mummifying himself in a stone cave, according to a 1962 article published in the journal History of Religions.
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Did You Know?
Forswear (which is also sometimes spelled foreswear) is the modern English equivalent of the Old English forswerian. It can suggest denial ("[Thou] would'st forswear thy own hand and seal" - John Arbuthnot, John Bull) or perjury ("Is it the interest of any man … to lie, forswear himself, indulge hatred, seek desperate revenge, or do murder?" - Charles Dickens, American Notes). But in current use, it most often has to do with giving something up, as in "the warring parties agreed to forswear violence" and "she refused to forswear her principles." The word abjure is often used as a synonym of forswear, though with less emphasis on the suggestion of perjury or betrayal of the beliefs that one holds dear.
Origin and Etymology of forswear
Middle English forsweren, from Old English forswerian, from for- + swerian to swear
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of forswear
FORSWEAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of forswear for English Language Learners
: to promise to give up (something) or to stop doing (something)
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