Definition of perjure in English:

perjure

Line breaks: per|jure
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːdʒə
 
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verb

(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.
    Synonyms
    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.

Derivatives

perjurer

noun
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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.

Origin

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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