Definition of abjure in English:

abjure

Pronunciation: /əbˈjo͝or//abˈjo͝or/

verb

[WITH OBJECT]formal
  • Solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim)

    ‘his refusal to abjure the Catholic faith’
    • ‘It is at this point when he abjures legal justice that he articulates the notion of a just revenge.’
    • ‘The clear implication is that the Party abjured all forms of violence and acts of terror.’
    • ‘He abjured an inclination to ‘tinker’ with the rate to take account of transient shifts in market conditions.’
    • ‘I want to look closely at the first lines of the poem, in which Smith seems to abjure any claim of authority.’
    • ‘Just as many modern restaurateurs think you should do without a cruet, some modish winemakers abjure oak, preferring to let the grapes speak for themselves.’
    • ‘He alone of all men must for an uncertain time abjure this field of endeavour, however great his interest.’
    • ‘An analysis of the institutional politics of the tax depreciation cases also lends support to an explanation why the judiciary abjured precise definition of ‘profits’ for income tax or dividend distribution purposes.’
    • ‘Disappointed in this, they turned in 1650 to Charles II, who signed the Covenant, but then abjured it at his RESTORATION, condemning it as an unlawful oath.’
    • ‘In the next few years Campanella found himself in trouble with the Venetian and Roman Inquisitions, abjuring his heresies in Rome in May 1594.’
    • ‘She went on a strict diet of milk products, even abjuring her beloved Mars chocolate bars, and dropped to her present weight of 90 pounds.’
    • ‘She becomes a devotee of women's rights, abjures marriage, and founds a university.’
    • ‘They have ceased to practise, and perhaps even to believe in their faith without abjuring it, like many if not most of us.’
    • ‘We were asked first to ‘absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiances and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty.’’
    • ‘The nineteenth-century elites kept to their strict Protestant ways, abjuring the theater but supporting music.’
    • ‘He who votes against the rights of another whatever his religion, colour or sex, thereby abjures his own.’
    • ‘After a long and wearisome trial he was condemned on June 22, 1633, solemnly to abjure his scientific creed on bended knees.’
    • ‘If only she could abjure art the way she abjured religion and write less self-consciously, the true artist would re-emerge from what is beginning to seem like indefinite hibernation.’
    • ‘He eagerly concurs in the prince's vow to abjure the throne and marriage.’
    • ‘Thus, Muldrow cannot help but abjure spiritual claims to universal enlightenment.’
    • ‘To recant is to withdraw or disavow a declared belief, as in renouncing a philosophy or abjuring fealty to a religion.’
    renounce, relinquish, reject, dispense with, forgo, forswear, disavow, abandon, deny, gainsay, disclaim, repudiate, give up, spurn, abnegate, wash one's hands of, drop, do away with
    eschew, abstain from, refrain from
    kick, jack in, pack in
    disaffirm
    forsake
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Phrases

  • abjure the realm

    • historical Swear an oath to leave a country or realm forever.

      • ‘There he admitted his deed and abjured the realm.’
      • ‘He would be sentenced to abjure the realm or suffer death as a felon.’
      • ‘They fled to the church of Petherton and abjured the realm.’
      • ‘If the accused would neither submit to trial nor abjure the realm after 40 days, he was starved into submission.’
      • ‘Within the time fixed by law and custom, he abjured the realm, proposing to leave the country by the port of Dover.’
      • ‘Gilbert confessed before the coroner and abjured the realm, but Simon was found not guilty.’
      • ‘Adam and the others fled to the Church of Branscombe, confessed their crime, and abjured the realm before the coroner.’
      • ‘The severity of the law was modified by a felon's right to abjure the realm if he succeeded in reaching the sanctuary of a church.’
      • ‘The fair Agnes also confessed to her share in the crime of passion, and the lovers eventually abjured the realm.’
      • ‘Even while abjurations were in force, such a criminal was not allowed to take sanctuary and abjure the realm.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin abjurare, from ab- away + jurare swear.

Pronunciation:

abjure

/əbˈjo͝or//abˈjo͝or/