perjury

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n perjury criminal offense of making false statements under oath
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Perjury (Law) At common law, a willfully false statement in a fact material to the issue, made by a witness under oath in a competent judicial proceeding. By statute the penalties of perjury are imposed on the making of willfully false affirmations.
    • Perjury False swearing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n perjury The violation of any oath, vow, or solemn affirmation; specifically, in law, the wilful utterance of false testimony under oath or affirmation, before a competent tribunal, upon a point material to a legal inquiry.
    • n perjury Synonyms See perjure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Perjury false swearing: the breaking of an oath:
    • n Perjury (law) the crime committed by one who, when giving evidence on oath as a witness in a court of justice, gives evidence which he knows to be false
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Quotations

  • Paul Tillich
    Paul Tillich
    “I loved thee beautiful and kind, And plighted an eternal vow; So altered are thy face and mind, t'were perjury to love thee now!”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. perjurium,. See Perjure (v.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. perjurāreper-, jurāre, to swear.

Usage

In literature:

Money was collected to prosecute them for perjury.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 450" by Various
He had not been taught that treason and perjury were the proofs of honor and honesty.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
Oh, ye who promised to love each other at the altar, how dare you commit perjury?
"The Wedding Ring" by T. De Witt Talmage
He should be careful lest he incur the moral guilt of subornation of perjury, if not the legal offence.
"An Essay on Professional Ethics" by George Sharswood
Thus was deliberate perjury rewarded by sudden death!
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
I beg you to save me from perjury.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
The fact however is that she will be indicted for perjury.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root!
"Two Gentlemen of Verona" by William Shakespeare
A perjury for which even Hell would loathe thee.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
There was no one to reveal the perjuries of her divorce.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green
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In poetry:

To-morrow, Scorn will blight my name,
And Hate will trample me,
Will load me with a coward's shame—
A traitor's perjury.
"Honour's Martyr" by Emily Jane Bronte
I lov'd thee beautiful and kind,
And plighted an eternal vow;
So alter'd are thy face and mind,
'Twere perjury to love thee now.
"Epigram I." by Robert Nugent
So climb, each ledge an infinite stress,
Lustful as light, as lechery loth,
From the brutality of Besz
To the plumed perjury of Thoth!
"The Wild Ass" by Aleister Crowley
While Innocence meets punishment,
While Falshood can produce such woes,
Mercy's self must needs lament
Perjury not more punish'd goes.
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
I swear to you by the stars above,
And below, if such there be,
As the High Court loathes perjurious oathes,
That's how you're love by me.
"To My Valentine" by Ogden Nash
Now, like a brood of vipers in their nest,
They, night and day, my very entrails tear,
And ever gnaw my heartstrings in my breast,
Because I taught them perjuries to swear.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Weld County will handle Masters perjury case.
Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of George Zimmerman, was arrested Tuesday on perjury charges.
Perjury allegations against Lee gain more support.
Trial starts in Garcia perjury case.
Lycoming County Prison inmate Larry Darnell Travers is charged with felony perjury and false swearing for allegedly making inconsistent statements under oath before county Judge Nancy Butts.
Play Roger Clemens Perjury Trial Bingo.
The perjury trial of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens began Wednesday in Washington.
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Air India terrorist appeals perjury conviction.
Former major league pitcher Roger Clemens was found not guilty of perjury in federal court in Washington, DC today.
A woman facing perjury charges after admitting she had fabricated a story her neighbor had sexually assaulted her is due in court Thursday.
Perjury and the Ethics of American Life.
James Stewart discusses what he sees as an epidemic of perjury sweeping our country, undermining the foundation of our courts, and explains why he thinks it's symptomatic of a broader breakdown of ethics in American life.
A judge has upheld perjury charges against two Penn State administrators accused of lying to a grand jury that investigated allegations ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused children.
A Delray Beach (Fla.) Police officer has been arrested on perjury and official misconduct, the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office said today.
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In science:

This situation was filled with perjury, disputation, and bitterness.
On the Complete Solution to the Most General Fifth Degree Polynomial
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