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verbIrish English, English Regional, Regional, Scottish, Northern
1no object To swear falsely. Also with object with clause as object.
2Refl. Chiefly regional. To perjure oneself.
Old English; earliest use found in Old English Martyrology. Cognate with Old Swedish mensväria (Swedish † mensvärja), Old Danish mensvaeriae (Danish mensvaerge) from the Germanic base of man + the Germanic base of swear; compare also Middle Low German mēne swēren.
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