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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
It was forced to forswear many of the perks that similar developing countries enjoyed.
More than 4,000 of them signed a letter saying Google should forswear all defense projects.
One possible ploy might be to forswear missiles that can hit American cities but to preserve a small nuclear arsenal, perhaps under international supervision.
The tactics formulated by the right, and eagerly adopted by Trump, have proved so successful that their opponents would be foolish to forswear them.
O’Rourke’s example increases likelihood that at least one of those contenders will look to distinguish themselves by forswearing corporate cash.
Designer Giorgio Armani has forsworn using real animal fur in all his lines, winning praise from animal rights activists.
But even if scientists forswear FBS, cultured meat may not be wholly acceptable to one group of potential customers—vegans—because the animal can never be completely removed from the process.
And the Fed shouldn’t forswear tools like QE because in the future, conventional tools may not be enough to restore full employment and 2% inflation.
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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.
Synonym Discussion of forswear
- abjured the errors of his former faith
- renounced abstract art and turned to portrait painting
- I cannot forswear my principles
- if they recant they will be spared
- the newspaper had to retract the story
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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