verb ab·jure \ab-ˈjr\

: to reject (something) formally


Full Definition of ABJURE

transitive verb
a :  to renounce upon oath
b :  to reject solemnly
:  to abstain from :  avoid <abjure extravagance>
ab·jur·er noun

Origin of ABJURE

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French abjurer, from Latin abjurare, from ab- + jurare to swear — more at jury
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of ABJURE

abjure, renounce, forswear, recant, retract mean to withdraw one's word or professed belief. abjure implies a firm rejecting or abandoning often made under oath <abjured the errors of his former faith>. renounce may carry the meaning of disclaim or disown <renounced abstract art and turned to portrait painting>. forswear may add an implication of perjury or betrayal <I cannot forswear my principles>. recant stresses the withdrawing or denying of something professed or taught <if they recant they will be spared>. retract applies to the withdrawing of a promise, an offer, or an accusation <the newspaper had to retract the story>.


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