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Definition to decide to stop doing something; or to renounce or disavow something

or (more rarely):  to lie — especially while under oath

More rarely (especially in the UK), forswear can also mean to commit perjury.
  • The group has forsworn terrorism in favor of negotiating an end to the conflict.
forsworn = renounced or disavowed
  • She should forswear contributions from special interest groups.
  • forswear = stop (taking)
  • Any man would be forsworn to gain a kingdom.
    Roger Zelazny (wrier of science fiction & fantasy)
  • forsworn = commit perjury (lie under oath)
  • "It's rank poison," said he, grasping the bottle by the neck, "and I forswear it."
    Anne Bronte  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • I did then forswear ever drawing any body again.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • I'll forswear arms.
    Shakespeare  --  King Henry IV, Part 1
  •   Did my heart love till now?
      Forswear it, sight!
      For I never saw true beauty till this night.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • forswear = swear it is not true
  • to swear and to forswear; according as marriage binds and blood breaks:
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • forswear = renounce or disavow something
  • Who heard me to deny it or forswear it?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • forswear = renounce
  • Her and her blind boy's scandal'd company I have forsworn.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • forsworn = decided to do without
  • have you both forsworn me?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • forsworn = renounced
  • To wrong my friend, I shall be much forsworn
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • forsworn = renounced
  • I forswore not thee:
    William Shakespeare  --  Love's Labour's Lost
  • forswore = renounced (disavowed or decided to stop doing something)
  • wish me thus forsworn,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • forsworn = made a liar (by breaking vows)
  •   There's no trust,
      No faith, no honesty in men. All perjured,
      All forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • forsworn = liars
  • She hath forsworn to love,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • forsworn = renounced (sworn to stop engaging in)
  • I'll not be forsworn.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • forsworn = made a liar
  • Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight, For I never saw true beauty till this night.
    Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • forswear = renounce (say it isn't true)
  • The plain truth is, I have forsworn and abjured the whole business these many years, and my soul is sick of it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • ]: Deny it, sir, forswear it; know it not.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone

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