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Definition of "abjure" []

  • 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). (verb-transitive)
  • To renounce under oath; forswear. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "abjure" in a sentence
  • "These are the very people Orwell was describing, who 'abjure' violence and are not even aware that they are kept safe by 'rough men' ready to do violence on their behalf."
  • "Indeed, as George Orwell observed, "Those who 'abjure' violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.""
  • "And you'll impress your pals when you drop "abjure" or "loquacity" in conversation."