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Meaning of PERJURE

Pronunciation:  'purjur

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  knowingly tell an untruth in a legal court and render oneself guilty of perjury

PERJURE is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: depone, depose, lie, swear



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Per"jure\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Perjured}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Perjuring}.] [F. parjurer, L. perjurare, perjerare; per
    through, over + jurare to swear. See {Jury}.]
    1. To cause to violate an oath or a vow; to cause to make
       oath knowingly to what is untrue; to make guilty of
       perjury; to forswear; to corrupt; -- often used
       reflexively; as, he perjured himself.
             Want will perjure The ne'er-touched vestal. --Shak.
    2. To make a false oath to; to deceive by oaths and
       protestations. [Obs.]
             And with a virgin innocence did pray For me, that
             perjured her.                         --J. Fletcher.
    Syn: To {Perjure}, {Forswear}.
    Usage: These words have been used interchangeably; but there
           is a tendency to restrict perjure to that species of
           forswearing which constitutes the crime of perjury at
           law, namely, the willful violation of an oath
           administered by a magistrate or according to law.
  2. \Per"jure\, n. [L. perjurus: cf. OF. parjur, F.
    A perjured person. [Obs.] --Shak.