For*swear" (?), v. t. [imp. Forswore (?); p. p. Forsworn (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Forswearing.] [OE. forsweren, forswerien, AS. forswerian; pref. for- + swerian to swear. See For-, and Swear, v. i.]


To reject or renounce upon oath; hence, to renounce earnestly, determinedly, or with protestations.

I . . . do forswear her. Shak.


To deny upon oath.

Like innocence, and as serenely bold As truth, how loudly he forswears thy gold! Dryden.

To forswear one's self, to swear falsely; to peure one's self. "Thou shalt not forswear thyself."

tt. v. 33.

Syn. -- See Perjure.


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For*swear", v. i.

To swear falsely; to commit perjury.



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