from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To renounce or repudiate under oath.
- transitive v. To renounce seriously.
- transitive v. To disavow under oath; deny.
- transitive v. To make (oneself) guilty of perjury.
- intransitive v. To swear falsely; commit perjury.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To renounce or deny something, especially under oath.
- v. To commit perjury.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To reject or renounce upon oath; hence, to renounce earnestly, determinedly, or with protestations.
- transitive v. To deny upon oath.
- intransitive v. To swear falsely; to commit perjury.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reject or renounce upon oath; renounce earnestly, determinedly, or with protestations; abjure.
- To deny upon oath or with strong asseveration.
- Synonyms Renounce, Recant, Abjure, etc. See renounce. For forswear one's self, see perjure.
- To swearfalsely; commit perjury.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
Middle English forsweren, from Old English forswerian : for-, wrongly; see for- + swerian, to swear; see swear.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English forsweren, from Old English forswerian ("to swear falsely"). More at for- + swear. (Wiktionary)