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abjure

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of abjure

  1. 1 to solemnly or formally reject or go back on (as something formerly adhered to) abjured some long-held beliefs when she converted to another religion Synonyms of abjure abnegate, forswear (also foreswear), recant, renege, renounce, repeal, repudiate, retract, take back, unsay, withdraw Words Related to abjure contradict, deny, disavow, disclaim, disown, gainsay, negate, negative; abandon, bolt, forsake, give up, relinquish, spurn, surrender; controvert, disagree (with), disprove, dispute, rebut, refute; back down, back off, backtrack; disallow, recall, revoke Near Antonyms of abjure acknowledge, admit, affirm, assert, avow, claim, contend, declare, maintain, proclaim, profess, state, vouch, vow; back, confirm, defend, endorse (also indorse), espouse, maintain, support, uphold; accept, adopt, embrace Antonyms of abjure adhere (to)

  2. 2 to resist the temptation of a strict religious sect that abjures the luxuries, comforts, and conveniences of the modern world Synonyms of abjure forbear, abstain (from), forgo (also forego), keep (from), refrain (from), withhold (from)Words Related to abjure avoid, eschew, shun; check, constrain, curb, inhibit; deny, refuse, reject, repudiate; buck, combat, fightNear Antonyms of abjure acquiesce (to), capitulate, concede (to), knuckle under (to)Antonyms of abjure bow (to), give in (to), submit (to), succumb (to), surrender (to), yield (to)

Synonym Discussion of abjure

abjure, renounce, forswear, recant, retract mean to withdraw one's word or professed belief. abjure implies a firm and final rejecting or abandoning often made under oath.
    • abjured the errors of his former faith
renounce may carry the meaning of disclaim or disown.
    • renounced abstract art and turned to portrait painting
forswear may add an implication of perjury or betrayal.
    • I cannot forswear my principles
recant stresses the withdrawing or denying of something professed or taught.
    • if they recant they will be spared
retract applies to the withdrawing of a promise, an offer, or an accusation.
    • the newspaper had to retract the story


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