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perjury
used in Romeo and Juliet

2 uses
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Definition
the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth — such as when testifying in a court trial
  •   Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say "ay,"
      And I will take thy word. Yet, if thou swear'st,
      Thou mayst prove false. At lovers' perjuries,
      They say Jove laughs.
    2.2 — Act 2 Scene 2 — Capulet's Garden (47% in)
perjuries = lies

(editor's note:  Jove is a synonym for Jupiter—the King of the Roman gods. "At lovers perjuries they say Jove laughs." references an at-the-time well-known line from Ovid, "Jupiter from on high smiles at the perjuries of lovers.". Ovid was a famous Roman poet.)
  • Thy dear love sworn, but hollow perjury,
    3.3 — Act 3 Scene 3 — Friar Lawrence's cell (74% in)
perjury = lie (something that is not true)

(editor's note:  It might be easier to read this as "but a hollow perjury.")
There are no more uses of "perjury" in Romeo and Juliet.

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