Per"ju*ry (?), n.; pl. Perjuries (#). [L. perjurium. See Perjure, v.]

1.

False swearing.

2. Law

At common law, a willfully false statement in a fact material to the issue, made by a witness under oath in a competent judicial proceeding. By statute the penalties of perjury are imposed on the making of willfully false affirmations.

⇒ If a man swear falsely in nonjudicial affidavits, it is made perjury by statute in some jurisdictions in the United States.

 

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