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repudiate, recant, or retract; to renounce under oath, forswear: abjure allegiance; abjure a confession
Not to be confused with:
adjure – to charge or command earnestly, often under the threat of a penalty; to entreat solemnly: to adjure the witness to tell the truth
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tr.v. ab·jured, ab·jur·ing, ab·jures
1. 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).
2. To renounce under oath; forswear.
[Middle English abjuren, from Old French abjurer, from Latin abiūrāre : ab-, away; see ab-1 + iūrāre, to swear; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. to renounce or retract, esp formally, solemnly, or under oath
2. to abstain from or reject
[C15: from Old French abjurer or Latin abjurāre to deny on oath]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
v.t. -jured, -jur•ing.
1. to repudiate or retract, esp. with formal solemnity; recant.
2. to renounce or give up under oath; forswear: to abjure allegiance to a country.
3. to refrain from; avoid.
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Past participle: abjured
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|Verb||1.||abjure - formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure; "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs"|
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1. give up, deny, reject, abandon, relinquish, renounce, throw off, forsake, retract, disown, renege on, disavow, recant, disclaim, forswear, wash your hands of, abnegate He abjured the Protestant faith in 1594.
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
abjure[æbˈdʒʊər] vt → renoncer à (par serment ou publiquement)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
vt → abschwören (+dat)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
abjure[əbˈdʒuəʳ] vt (frm) → abiurare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995