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abjure Line breaks: ab¦jure
Pronunciation: /əbˈdʒʊə/

Definition of abjure in English:


[with object] formal
Solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim): MPs were urged to abjure their Jacobite allegiance
More example sentences
  • I want to look closely at the first lines of the poem, in which Smith seems to abjure any claim of authority.
  • Thus, Muldrow cannot help but abjure spiritual claims to universal enlightenment.
  • To recant is to withdraw or disavow a declared belief, as in renouncing a philosophy or abjuring fealty to a religion.
renounce, relinquish, reject, dispense with, forgo, forswear, disavow, abandon, deny, gainsay, disclaim, repudiate, give up, spurn, abnegate, wash one's hands of, drop, do away with;
informal kick, jack in, pack in
Law  disaffirm
archaic forsake


abjure the realm
historical Swear an oath to leave a country forever: prior to transportation, offenders were sometimes permitted to abjure the realm
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  • If the accused would neither submit to trial nor abjure the realm after 40 days, he was starved into submission.
  • Adam and the others fled to the Church of Branscombe, confessed their crime, and abjured the realm before the coroner.
  • He would be sentenced to abjure the realm or suffer death as a felon.


Pronunciation: /abdʒəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • The dramatic crisis stems from Galileo's enforced abjuration in 1633 of his belief in a heliocentric universe.
  • The Inquisition had accepted Cardano's private abjuration, extracting a promise from him never to teach or publish in the Papal States again.
  • Who speaks these terrible abjurations, Kafka the man or Kafka the artist?


Late Middle English: from Latin abjurare, from ab- 'away' + jurare 'swear'.

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