American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To retract (an oath), often by swearing another oath.
- v. To recant or retract something sworn.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To recant, revoke, or recall by a subsequent oath; retract by a second oath; abjure.
- To recant or recall on oath.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To recant or recall, as an oath; to recall after having sworn; to abjure.
- v. To recall an oath.
- un- + swear (Wiktionary)
“Women think they can swear a thing and unswear it, to save or please themselves.”
“He must unswear it' said Priscilla, 'that is all.”
“Why then the revoking my consent does annul, or make of none effect your oath; so you may unswear it again.”
“It is said of Philip of Macedon, he would swear and unswear, as might stand best with his interest.”
“Since when did getting published make me Google’s vassal unless I “opt out” and unswear my allegiance?”
“‘He must unswear it’ said Priscilla, ‘that is all.”
“Naaman as one that had soon repented of his generosity, that was fickle, and did not know his own mind, that would say and unsay, swear and unswear, that would not do an honourable thing but he must presently undo it again. his story of the two sons of the prophets was as silly as it was false; if he would have begged a token for two young scholars, surely less than a talent of silver might serve them.”
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