• WordNet 3.6
    • n abjuration a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abjuration A solemn recantation or renunciation; as, an abjuration of heresy.
    • Abjuration The act of abjuring or forswearing; a renunciation upon oath; as, abjuration of the realm, a sworn banishment, an oath taken to leave the country and never to return.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abjuration The act of abjuring; a renunciation upon oath, or with great solemnity or strong asseveration: as, to take an oath of abjuration; an abjuration of heresy. The oath of abjuration is the negative part of the oath of allegiance. In the United States, foreigners seeking naturalization must on oath renounce all allegiance to every foreign sovereignty, as well as swear allegiance to the constitution and government of the United States. Formerly, in England, public officers were required to take an oath of abjuration, in which they renounced allegiance to the house of Stuart and acknowledged the title of the house of Hanover.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Abjuration official renunciation on oath of any principle or pretension
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abjuratio,: cf. F. abjuration,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ab, from, jurāre, -ātum, to swear.


In literature:

Both agree in repudiating political control, and in abjuring the use of political instruments.
"Freedom In Service" by Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw
Life may have been harder for Mrs. Alcott than she anticipated, but she knew very well that she was abjuring riches.
"Daughters of the Puritans" by Seth Curtis Beach
The priests told us that some of them abjured their faith and had received pardon.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
The detective has told me the truth, and abjured me to tell all I know.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
This having been read, he next had to read word for word the abjuration which had been drawn up for him, and then sign it.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
The Abjuration Bill and a money bill were awaiting his assent.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
How many insurgents have abjured Catholicism?
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (Vol 28 of 55)" by Various
It is the saying of a French writer, that the novel of to-day has abjured both the past and the future, and lives wholly in the present.
"Studies in Literature and History" by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
The ceremony of Galileo's abjuration was one of exciting interest, and of awful formality.
"The Martyrs of Science, or, The lives of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler" by David Brewster
And if it abjured such things as that, the sooner the flight took place and the colors were shown, the better.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer

In poetry:

"If you abjure the social toast,
And pipes, and such frivolities,
You possibly some day may boast
My prepossessing qualities!"
"Bob Polter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Abjure our common world.
I watch the glamorous centuries.
Which shape men's mimic pageantries.
In mist upcurled by these mute seas.
"Evensong" by E J Rupert Atkinson
BOB rubbed his eyes, and made 'em blink:
"You almost make me tremble, you!
If I abjure fermented drink,
Shall I, indeed, resemble you?
"Bob Polter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"No, I renounce thee, and thy roof:
For Heaven who shields my young,
Bids me abjure thy love, not proof
'Gainst slander's vip'rous tongue."
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
Offer thy Son, shou'd God that task require,
And circumcision with respect receive,
Abjure the idols of thy pagan sire,
And at God's nod thy native country leave.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
An arm that never shook did not obscure
Her woman's intuition of the bliss -
Their tempter's moment o'er the black abyss,
Across the narrow plank--he could abjure.
"The Hueless Love" by George Meredith

In news:

The Man Who Abjured His Native Victuals.
The Man Who Abjured His Native Victuals .