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abjure (v.)

early 15c., abjuren, "renounce on oath, repudiate, forswear," originally especially "renounce or recant (a heresy) on oath," from Old French abjurer and directly from Latin abiurare "deny on oath," from ab "off, away from" (see ab-) + iurare "to swear," from ius (genitive iuris) "law" (see jurist). Related: Abjured; abjuring.

Origin and meaning of abjure

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Definitions of abjure from WordNet

abjure (v.)
formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure;
She abjured her beliefs
Synonyms: recant / forswear / retract / resile
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