perjury

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noun per·ju·ry \ˈpər-jə-rē, ˈpərj-rē\

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.

Did You Know?

The prefix per- in Latin often meant "harmfully". So witnesses who perjure themselves do harm to the truth by knowingly telling a lie. Not all lying is perjury, only lying under oath; so perjury generally takes place either in court or before a legislative body such as Congress. To avoid committing perjury, a witness or defendant may "take the Fifth": that is, refuse to answer a question because the answer might be an admission of guilt, and the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution forbids forcing a citizen to admit to being guilty of a crime.

14th Century

First Known Use of perjury

14th century


PERJURY Defined for English Language Learners

perjury

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noun per·ju·ry \ˈpər-jə-rē, ˈpərj-rē\

Definition of perjury for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

perjury

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noun per·ju·ry \ˈpər-jə-rē\

Legal Definition of perjury

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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 and Etymology 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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