Definition of forswear in English:

forswear

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1formal Agree to give up or do without:

    ‘the country has not forsworn nuclear weapons’
    • ‘So acting on the above premise I forswore the two staples from my diet - and bread potatoes.’
    • ‘Ben's mother Helen is a talented classical pianist and she has forsworn a musical career for her marriage to Edward.’
    • ‘No appreciable number of people is really leaving, but if they are made to forswear any attention to or involvement in the whole sordid mess going forward, something similar is accomplished.’
    • ‘Firstly, he has forsworn the easy Saturday Night Fever route of replicating the original's songs in the stage version.’
    • ‘Once again, I am faced with the choice of vices to forswear, in the spirit of turning over a new leaf.’
    • ‘They had to forswear violence, to wind up their paramilitary wing and to proceed to completion with the process of disarmament.’
    • ‘But there's no requirement that people cease or forswear political opposition.’
    • ‘They must forswear the use of race as a political weapon.’
    • ‘Though we had visited most of these harbors on previous cruises, the amount of port time encouraged us to forswear organized tours and strike out on our own.’
    • ‘It forswears the use of commercial plutonium as a fuel, because of proliferation risks.’
    • ‘Now, all of these goodies probably don't mean much to a man with a net worth of $50 million, but as far as we know, he hasn't forsworn any of these perks, nor has he offered to pay for them himself.’
    • ‘In the late '70s, Fischer gave up on revolutionary socialism and forswore violence as a political tool.’
    • ‘By Article Nine of its constitution, Japan is forbidden to posses military forces, and forever forswore war as a means to achieve anything.’
    • ‘Recalling H.R. Haldeman's formative years as an advertising executive for bug spray, I forswore bug spray.’
    • ‘The colonial state consciously forswore any attempt at intervening and averting these catastrophes.’
    • ‘Anyone who forswears advertising also forswears any claim to a share of the market.’
    • ‘Around 1800 male dress changed: men forswore exhibitionism and renounced brightly coloured, erotic attire.’
    • ‘Brown has promised not to borrow and has now forsworn increases in income tax.’
    • ‘They were the toilers and savers of the economic miracle generation who forswore luxuries in the austere postwar decades to reserve their place in the sun towards the end of their lives.’
    • ‘Over the past 20 years, incentives have been used to successfully encourage other emergent and existing nuclear weapons powers to forswear the bomb, making the world a much safer place.’
    renounce, swear off, forgo, abjure, reject, relinquish, abstain from, refrain from, shun, avoid, eschew, do without, go without, steer clear of, give a wide berth to, have nothing to do with, decline, refuse, repudiate, spurn
    give up, dispense with, stop, cease, finish, discontinue, break off, drop, cut out
    kick, quit, jack in
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  • 2forswear oneself/be forswornarchaic Commit perjury; swear falsely:

    ‘I swore that I would lead us safely home and I do not mean to be forsworn’
    • ‘Berowne says that he has no problem subscribing to a decree that can be forsworn on mere necessity, and he signs the document.’
    • ‘Almost everyone is forsworn at some point, and high-handed rhetoric is continually enlisted to justify it.’
    • ‘‘It is the Lord's will that I forswear myself,’ he said.’
    • ‘But he also desires for us to have joy and happiness in our lives and he knows that being forsworn is one of the worst destroyers of joy.’
    • ‘He is not only subverting the judicial branch's integrity when he forswears himself under oath.’
    • ‘His lips thinned into a grimace, but she knew he would not be forsworn to his word.’
    • ‘If I transgress this oath and forswear myself, may I be forced to live with arts graduates and become an expert on the theoretical control of space and time.’
    • ‘It really means something terrible, painful for them to be perjured, to be forsworn, or to see someone they admire fail to honor an oath.’
    • ‘By forswearing himself and violating his oath, he has undermined respect for the integrity of oaths.’
    • ‘I have no desire to be forsworn, not on that oath.’
    • ‘Now if I keep this oath and break it not, may I enjoy honor, in my life and art, among all men for all time; but if I transgress and forswear myself, may the opposite befall me.’
    • ‘As king, Idomeneus is forsworn and must lose his royalty.’
    • ‘However, his captors were forsworn when he was taken by the Earl of Warwick a month later, while housed at the village of Deddington on his way south.’

Origin

Old English forswerian (see for-, swear).

Pronunciation

forswear

/fɔːˈswɛː//fəˈswɛː/