from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive verb To recant solemnly; renounce or repudiate.
- transitive verb To renounce under oath; forswear.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To renounce upon oath; forswear; withdraw formally from: as, to
abjureallegiance to a prince.
- To renounce or repudiate; abandon; retract; especially, to renounce or retract with solemnity: as, to
abjureone's errors or wrong practices.
- To take an oath of abjuration.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb To renounce on oath.
- transitive verb To renounce upon oath; to forswear; to disavow.
To abjure the realm, is to swear to abandon it forever.
- transitive verb To renounce or reject with solemnity; to recant; to abandon forever; to reject; repudiate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb transitive To abstain from; to
avoid; to shun.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
Indeed, as George Orwell observed, "Those who 'abjure' violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf."
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.
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."
And you'll impress your pals when you drop "abjure" or "loquacity" in conversation.
"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
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