• WordNet 3.6
    • v abjure formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion","She abjured her beliefs"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Abjure To renounce on oath.
    • Abjure To renounce or reject with solemnity; to recant; to abandon forever; to reject; repudiate; as, to abjure errors. "Magic I here abjure ."
    • Abjure To renounce upon oath; to forswear; to disavow; as, to abjure allegiance to a prince. To abjure the realm, is to swear to abandon it forever.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abjure To renounce upon oath; forswear; withdraw formally from: as, to abjure allegiance to a prince.
    • abjure To renounce or repudiate; abandon; retract; especially, to renounce or retract with solemnity: as, to abjure one's errors or wrong practices.
    • abjure To take an oath of abjuration.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Abjure ab-jōōr′ to renounce on oath or solemnly: to recant: to repudiate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abjurare, to deny upon oath; ab, + jurare, to swear, fr. jus, juris, right, law; cf. F. abjurer,. See Jury
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ab, from, jurāre, -ātum, to swear.


In literature:

He had yielded to their abjurations; but his hankering for acres had remained.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
The ancient abjuration was retained among protestants; but its spirit had expired.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
They then ordered her "to abjure" publicly the various things of which she was accused.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
Her own swain was waiting for her, but not for that would she abjure the quest.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
That was as impossible as to make them abjure by proclamation, their religion.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
We met with a good priest in France, who consented to receive my abjuration.
"Loss and Gain" by John Henry Newman
This was, that he should abjure Protestantism.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
He promises to save Recha, should Eleazar be willing to abjure his faith, but the latter remains firm, fully prepared to die.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Their ill-concealed threats of partition bound France to the cause of the Jacobins, which otherwise she would have abjured in horror.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
How is it that you are always addressing me and abjuring me?
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert

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
Yes, Alpheus! fly the purer paths of Fate;
Abjure these scenes, from venal passions free;
Know, in this grove, I vow'd perpetual hate,
War, endless war, with lucre and with thee.
"Elegy XIX. - Written in Spring, 1743" by William Shenstone
He planned to thieve my household goods,
Heirlooms of divers kinds.
(I cannot understand such men,
Nor fathom their dark minds.
Why cannot they abjure all vice,
And be respectable and nice?)
"Culture and Cops" by C J Dennis

In news:

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