abjure [ab-joo r, -jur]
verb (used with object), abjured, abjuring.
1. to renounce, repudiate, or retract, especially with formal solemnity; recant: to abjure one's errors.
2. to renounce or give up under oath; forswear: to abjure allegiance.
3. to avoid or shun.
Can be confused
Origin: 1400-50; late Middle English < Latin abjūrāre to deny on oath, equivalent to ab- ab- + jūrāre to swear; see jury
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