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Abjure

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To Abju're. v.a. [abjuro, Lat.]

  1. To cast off upon oath, to swear not to do something.

    Either to die the death, or to abjure
    For ever the society of man.
    Shakesp. Midsum. Night's Dream.

    No man, therefore, that hath not abjured his reason, and sworn allegiance to a preconceived fantastical hypothesis, can undertake the defence of such a supposition. Hale's Origin of Mankind.

  2. To retract, or recant, or abnegate; a position upon oath.

Sources: Hale, Matthew (49) · Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream (28)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Abjure." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 12, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=435.


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