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forswear

Syllabification: for·swear
Pronunciation: /fôrˈswer
 
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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.
Synonyms
eschew, abstain from, refrain from
informal kick, pack in, quit, swear off
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.

Origin

Old English forswerian(see for-, swear).

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