perjure

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v perjure knowingly tell an untruth in a legal court and render oneself guilty of perjury
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Perjure A perjured person.
    • Perjure To cause to violate an oath or a vow; to cause to make oath knowingly to what is untrue; to make guilty of perjury; to forswear; to corrupt; -- often used reflexively; as, he perjured himself. "Want will perjure The ne'er-touched vestal."
    • Perjure To make a false oath to; to deceive by oaths and protestations. "And with a virgin innocence did pray
      For me, that perjured her."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • perjure To swear falsely; be false to oaths or vows; bear false witness.
    • perjure To render guilty of the crime of testifying falsely under oath or solemn affirmation, especially in judicial or official proceedings, or of being false to one's oaths or vows; forswear: commonly used reflexively: as, the witness perjured himself.
    • perjure To swear falsely to; deceive by false oaths or protestations.
    • perjure Synonyms Perjure, Forswear. Perjure is now technical and particular; strictly, it is limited to taking a legal oath falsely; occasionally it is used for forswear. Forswear is general, but somewhat old-fashioned.
    • n perjure A perjured person.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Perjure pėr′jōōr to swear falsely (followed by a reciprocal pronoun): to cause to swear falsely
    • v.i Perjure to be false to one's oath
    • n Perjure (Shak.) a perjured person
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. parjurer, L. perjurare, perjerare,; per, through, over + jurare, to swear. See Jury

Usage

In literature:

He not only underwent the ignominy of capture and exposure; he was regarded henceforth as a detected perjurer.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
He called them perjured traitors.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
A convicted perjurer gives evidence, and has a pecuniary interest in the result.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
I stand here a doubly perjured man.
"Romance of Roman Villas" by Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
I speak only the truth, and I should perjure myself were I to take an oath to that effect.
"The Pearl of Lima" by Jules Verne
I will not perjure myself more deeply.
"Theo" by Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
With justice, therefore, Shakespeare called him 'false, fleeting, perjured Clarence.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
Perhaps acquitted on a mere technicality of law or a perjured alibi.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
You have, by so doing, perjured your own soul, and brought most foul dishonour upon England.
"The Buccaneer" by Mrs. S. C. Hall
He said it the day that perjured villain Pat Murphy killed my magpie.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
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In poetry:

And hath my Lovely Perjur'd Cloe swore,
That I must never, never meet her more?
Is there no kind Propension in your Heart,
That stirs to take your injur'd Strephon's part?
"An Expostulation With An Acquiantance" by Richardson Pack
And I dreamed not that one with features so fair,
And a form which truly the angels envy,
Could weave so well the treacherous snare
Of vice, and pride, and perjured frenzy.
"To A Jilt" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Let perjured fair Amynta know
What for her sake I undergo;
Tell her, for her how I sustain
A lingering fever's wasting pain;
Tell her the torments I endure,
Which only, only she can cure.
"Songs Set To Music: 5. Set" by Matthew Prior
But whither has my wand'ring fancy stray'd!
'Mongst perjur'd swains and damsels and all forlorn,
Where sighs, that breathe for kindness ill repaid,
And broken vows on every gale are borne?
"To The Author's Brother. On the choice of a Wife in the Year 1789" by Maria Logan
He cannot think it in his heart of hearts;
He cannot wear this falsehood in his soul,
Or deem me perjur'd; no delusive arts
Can make him blot my name from honour's scroll:
The sun will shine forth when the cloud departs.
"Beatrice Di Tenda" by Walter Richard Cassels
"I have been most false and perjured, false to all a poet's duty,
Even whilst my heart was boasting proudly of a poet's creed,
I have loudly claimed the title of a worshipper of beauty,
Yet could gaze upon a flower till I thought it but a weed.
"The Poet" by Walter Richard Cassels

In news:

Mirkarimi's lawyers request subpoenas, allege Lee perjured himself.
Dwayne Ransom Davis and Melisa Davis sued last month in Indianapolis, claiming Bank of America "routinely" submitted perjured affidavits to support foreclosures.
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