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abjure

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1 to solemnly or formally reject or go back on (as something formerly adhered to)
  • The woman abjured some long-held beliefs when she converted to another religion.
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2 to resist the temptation of
  • a strict religious sect that abjures the luxuries, comforts, and conveniences of the modern world
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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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