One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Willfully tell an untruth when giving evidence to a court; commit perjury.
lie under oath, lie, commit perjury, give false evidence, give false testimony, forswear oneself, be forsworn, bear false testimony, bear false witness, swear falselyView synonyms
- ‘The proposition assumes that the witness is going to perjure himself or herself.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In other words, he lied, or perjured himself through giving inaccurate information about his assets.’
- ‘If they perjure themselves they can go to jail and forfeit all retirement pay and allowances.’
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’.
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