verb[with object] • formal
- Solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim): MPs were urged to abjure their Jacobite allegianceMore example sentences
- I want to look closely at the first lines of the poem, in which Smith seems to abjure any claim of authority.
- Thus, Muldrow cannot help but abjure spiritual claims to universal enlightenment.
- To recant is to withdraw or disavow a declared belief, as in renouncing a philosophy or abjuring fealty to a religion.
abjure the realm
- • historical Swear an oath to leave a country forever: prior to transportation, offenders were sometimes permitted to abjure the realmMore example sentences
- If the accused would neither submit to trial nor abjure the realm after 40 days, he was starved into submission.
- Adam and the others fled to the Church of Branscombe, confessed their crime, and abjured the realm before the coroner.
- He would be sentenced to abjure the realm or suffer death as a felon.
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- The dramatic crisis stems from Galileo's enforced abjuration in 1633 of his belief in a heliocentric universe.
- The Inquisition had accepted Cardano's private abjuration, extracting a promise from him never to teach or publish in the Papal States again.
- Who speaks these terrible abjurations, Kafka the man or Kafka the artist?
late Middle English: from Latin abjurare, from ab- 'away' + jurare 'swear'.