Definition of perjure in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpərjər/


(perjure oneself) Law
Willfully tell an untruth when giving evidence to a court; commit perjury.
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.
lie under oath, lie, commit perjury, give false evidence/testimony
formal forswear oneself, be forsworn



Pronunciation: /ˈpərj(ə)rər/
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.


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'.

Words that rhyme with perjure

merger, purger, scourger, urger, verdure, verger

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Syllabification: per·jure

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