Definition of perjure in English:


Syllabification: per·jure
Pronunciation: /ˈpərjər


(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.
    lie under oath, lie, commit perjury, give false evidence/testimony
    formal forswear oneself, be forsworn



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.


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'.

More definitions of perjure

Definition of perjure in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
a slit made by cutting with a saw