Definition of forswear in English:


Syllabification: for·swear
Pronunciation: /fôrˈswe(ə)r

verb (past forswore; past participle forsworn)

[with object] formal
  • 1Agree to give up or do without (something): he would never forswear the religion of his people
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    • Over the past 20 years, incentives have been used to successfully encourage other emergent and existing nuclear weapons powers to forswear the bomb, making the world a much safer place.
    • But there's no requirement that people cease or forswear political opposition.
    • Around 1800 male dress changed: men forswore exhibitionism and renounced brightly coloured, erotic attire.
    renounce, relinquish, reject, forgo, disavow, abandon, deny, repudiate, give up, wash one's hands of; eschew, abstain from, refrain from
    informal kick, pack in, quit, swear off
    Law disaffirm
    literary forsake
    formal abjure, abnegate
  • 1.1 (forswear oneself/be forsworn) Swear falsely; commit perjury: I swore that I would lead us safely home and I do not mean to be forsworn
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    • ‘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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