verb (past forswore; past participle forsworn)[with object] • formal
- 1Agree to give up or do without (something): he would never forswear the religion of his peopleMore example sentences
- Over the past 20 years, incentives have been used to successfully encourage other emergent and existing nuclear weapons powers to forswear the bomb, making the world a much safer place.
- But there's no requirement that people cease or forswear political opposition.
- Around 1800 male dress changed: men forswore exhibitionism and renounced brightly coloured, erotic attire.
- 1.1 (forswear oneself/be forsworn) Swear falsely; commit perjury: I swore that I would lead us safely home and I do not mean to be forswornMore example sentences
- ‘It is the Lord's will that I forswear myself,’ he said.
- As king, Idomeneus is forsworn and must lose his royalty.
- I have no desire to be forsworn, not on that oath.