Definition of perjure in English:


Line breaks: per|jure
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːdʒə


(perjure oneself or be perjured) Law
1Wilfully tell an untruth or make a misrepresentation under oath; commit perjury: she admitted that she had perjured herself
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  • 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, forswear oneself, be forsworn, bear false witness/testimony, swear falsely
1.1 (as adjective perjured) (Of evidence) involving wilfully told untruths: she was charged with giving perjured evidence in a court of law the evidence was perjured
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  • The cases show that one of those exceptional circumstances arises when a judgment has been procured by the perjured evidence of a party in a material particular.
  • The statute was intended to combat the numbers of cases of perjured evidence in cases relating to land by requiring written, rather than oral, evidence of contracts.
  • If a judgment has been obtained by perjured evidence remedies are available to the aggrieved party.


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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  • 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.

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