American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Law To make (oneself) guilty of perjury by deliberately testifying falsely under oath.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To swear falsely; be false to oaths or vows; bear false witness.
- To render guilty of the crime of testifying falsely under oath or solemn affirmation, especially in judicial or official proceedings, or of being false to one's oaths or vows; forswear: commonly used reflexively: as, the witness perjured himself.
- To swear falsely to; deceive by false oaths or protestations.
- Synonyms Perjure, Forswear. Perjure is now technical and particular; strictly, it is limited to taking a legal oath falsely; occasionally it is used for forswear. Forswear is general, but somewhat old-fashioned.
- n. A perjured person.
- v. reflexive To knowingly and willfully make a false statement of witness while in court.
- n. obsolete A perjured person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cause to violate an oath or a vow; to cause to make oath knowingly to what is untrue; to make guilty of perjury; to forswear; to corrupt; -- often used reflexively.
- v. obsolete To make a false oath to; to deceive by oaths and protestations.
- n. obsolete A perjured person.
- v. knowingly tell an untruth in a legal court and render oneself guilty of perjury
- Middle English perjuren, from Old French perjurer, from Latin periūrāre : per-, per- + iūrāre, to swear. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For example, the English verb to perjure is reflexive, since one can only perjure oneself.”
“Ms. Chiesi testified that she could remember almost everything that was said that morning in her apartment, including one agent getting along with her cat, and the last thing she would want do is " perjure " herself on the stand.”
“On Monday, Ms. Chiesi testified that she could remember almost everything that was said that morning in her apartment, including one agent getting along with her cat, and the last thing she would want do is " perjure " herself on the stand.”
“Nominees may not perjure themselves, of course, but nothing in Roberts 'testimony along these lines can fairly be characterized as perjury.”
“You didn't perjure yourself, so you don't have impeachment to worry about.”
“And indeed, they could have nailed him on perjury because he did, in fact, perjure himself when asked under oath where he got the bugging equipment.”
“It was inconceivable that any juror, much less a lawyer, would perjure herself in such a broad and meaningful way and with no apparent motivation for doing so," Ms. Brune said in the letter.”
“Seattle, unless you're lying to a helpless sick man, or unless you'll perjure yourself under oath.”
“But prosecutors also have been concerned about putting her on the witness stand because they think the inconsistencies in her statements, including minor ones they have not made public, raise a risk she might perjure herself, the people familiar with the matter have said.”
“Now we just have slightly different system where an officer must find one out of many petty traffic/equipment offenses to pull you over on, or must perjure himself if such an offense is not evident.”
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