Definition of perjure in English:



  • 1Wilfully tell an untruth or make a misrepresentation under oath; commit perjury.

    ‘she admitted that she had perjured herself’
    • ‘In other words, he lied, or perjured himself through giving inaccurate information about his assets.’
    • ‘The proposition assumes that the witness is going to perjure himself or herself.’
    • ‘If they perjure themselves they can go to jail and forfeit all retirement pay and allowances.’
    • ‘Three judges found that the detectives repeatedly lied under oath and the court found that they had perjured themselves.’
    • ‘Once unmasked, he admitted he had perjured himself.’
    lie under oath, lie, commit perjury, give false evidence, give false testimony, forswear oneself, be forsworn, bear false testimony, bear false witness, swear falsely
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    1. 1.1(of evidence) involving wilfully told untruths.
      ‘she was charged with giving perjured evidence in a court of law’
      ‘the evidence was perjured’
      • ‘The cases show that one of those exceptional circumstances arises when a judgment has been procured by the perjured evidence of a party in a material particular.’
      • ‘I take into account the fact your perjured evidence wasn't accepted by the jury, as they plainly rejected your account of self-defence.’
      • ‘The statute was intended to combat the numbers of cases of perjured evidence in cases relating to land by requiring written, rather than oral, evidence of contracts.’
      • ‘I want to make it clear that my evidence was not perjured.’
      • ‘If a judgment has been obtained by perjured evidence remedies are available to the aggrieved party.’
      lying, untruthful, dishonest, deceitful, false, dissembling, insincere, disingenuous, hypocritical, fraudulent, double-dealing, two-faced, janus-faced, two-timing, duplicitous, perjured, perfidious
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Late Middle English (as perjured in the sense ‘guilty of perjury’): from Old French parjurer, from Latin perjurare swear falsely, from per- to ill effect + jurare swear.