from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To recant solemnly; renounce or repudiate: "For nearly 21 years after his resignation as Prime Minister in 1963, he abjured all titles, preferring to remain just plain 'Mr.'” ( Time).
- transitive v. To renounce under oath; forswear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To abstain from; to avoid; to shun.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To renounce upon oath; to forswear; to disavow. To abjure the realm, is to swear to abandon it forever.
- transitive v. To renounce or reject with solemnity; to recant; to abandon forever; to reject; repudiate.
- intransitive v. To renounce on oath.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To renounce upon oath; forswear; withdraw formally from: as, to abjure allegiance to a prince.
- To renounce or repudiate; abandon; retract; especially, to renounce or retract with solemnity: as, to abjure one's errors or wrong practices.
- To take an oath of abjuration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
These are the very people Orwell was describing, who 'abjure' violence and are not even aware that they are kept safe by 'rough men' ready to do violence on their behalf.
Indeed, as George Orwell observed, "Those who 'abjure' violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf."
And you'll impress your pals when you drop "abjure" or "loquacity" in conversation.
This is Orwell's definition of a particular segement of society: "Those who" abjure "violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf."
"Those who 'abjure' violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf."
And in his 'Notes on Nationalism' (1945) he wrote: "Those who" abjure "violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf."
That, presumably, is why he must 'abjure' this 'rough magic' by breaking his magical staff and drowning his book.
Erard exclaimed that she must "abjure" or be burnt at once.
There was some murmuring among the crowd during this long ceremony; for while Jeanne was alive the English soldiery dared attempt nothing fresh; and they only saw in her refusals to "abjure" an immediate reason for handing her over from the ecclesiastical justice to the secular, whose ways were swifter.
'Pak has evidence about India's involvement in Balochistan' today said Government was willing to open talks with the Maoists provided they "abjure" violence which, he said, was the only hurdle to hold