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forswear (v.)

Old English forswerian "swear falsely" (intransitive), also "abandon or renounce on oath" (transitive), from for- "completely" + swerian "to swear" (see swear (v.)). Related: Forswore; forsworn; forswearing.

updated on December 22, 2014

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Definitions of forswear from WordNet

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