Definition of forswear in English:


Line breaks: for|swear
Pronunciation: /fɔːˈswɛː
, fə-/

verb (past forswore /-ˈswɔː/; past participle forsworn /-ˈswɔːn/)

[with object]
  • 2 (forswear oneself/be forsworn) • archaic Commit perjury; swear falsely: 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.


Old English forswerian (see for-, swear).

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