Definition of perjury in English:

perjury

Line breaks: per|jury
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːdʒ(ə)ri
 
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noun (plural perjuries)

[mass noun] Law
The offence of wilfully telling an untruth or making a misrepresentation under oath: he claimed two witnesses at his trial had committed perjury
More example sentences
  • Another antique rule provided that a corporation could not be indicted for a felony like perjury.
  • Your Honour, the prosecution witnesses committed perjury throughout the whole trial.
  • That trial proceeded, I prosecuted, and the jury duly convicted him of perjury.
Synonyms
lying under oath, violation of an oath, giving false evidence/testimony, bearing false witness/testimony, forswearing oneself, making false statements, wilful falsehood; mendacity, mendaciousness

Origin

late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French perjurie, from Latin perjurium 'false oath', from the verb perjurare (see perjure).

Derivatives

perjurious

Pronunciation: /-ˈdʒʊərɪəs/
adjective
More example sentences
  • The credible testimony presented by defence witnesses establishes conclusively that prosecution witnesses lied, and that the prosecutor suborned the perjurious testimony.
  • That when push comes to shove, the bureau will take the perjurious word of her slimy psychotic husband.
  • It that it allows us to seek out and discredit false and perjurious statements.

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