Definition of perjure in English:

perjure

Syllabification: per·jure
Pronunciation: /ˈpərjər
 
/

verb

(perjure oneself) Law
  • Willfully tell an untruth when giving evidence to a court; commit perjury.
    More example sentences
    • The proposition assumes that the witness is going to perjure himself or herself.
    • Once unmasked, he admitted he had perjured himself.
    • In other words, he lied, or perjured himself through giving inaccurate information about his assets.
    Synonyms
    lie under oath, lie, commit perjury, give false evidence/testimony
    formal forswear oneself, be forsworn

Derivatives

perjurer

noun
More example sentences
  • You want me to lose three years income against a triple perjurer when the defendant is committing perjury.
  • Implicit in this belief was an additional premise: in using oaths improperly, perjurers must have somehow marked themselves and made it possible to be identified.
  • Britain's most infamous perjurer enjoyed as much, if not more, attention while in prison than he did on the outside.

Origin

late Middle English (as perjured in the sense 'guilty of perjury'): from Old French parjurer, from Latin perjurare 'swear falsely', from per- 'to ill effect' + jurare 'swear'.

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