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forswear Syllabification: for·swear
Pronunciation: /fôrˈswer/

Definition of forswear in English:

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 people
More 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.
eschew, abstain from, refrain from
informal kick, pack in, quit, swear off
Law  disaffirm
literary forsake
formal abjure, abnegate
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 forsworn
More 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.


Old English forswerian(see for-, swear).

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