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forswear
used in As You Like It

5 uses
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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
  • to swear and to forswear; according as marriage binds and blood breaks:
    5.4 -- Act 5 Scene 4 -- Another part of the Forest (28% in)
forswear = renounce or disavow something
  • Of a certain knight that swore by his honour they were good pancakes, and swore by his honour the mustard was naught: now, I'll stand to it, the pancakes were naught and the mustard was good: and yet was not the knight forsworn.
    1.2 -- Act 1 Scene 2 -- A Lawn before the DUKE'S Palace (23% in)
  • By my knavery, if I had it, then I were: but if you swear by that that is not, you are not forsworn: no more was this knight, swearing by his honour, for he never had any; or if he had, he had sworn it away before ever he saw those pancackes or that mustard.
    1.2 -- Act 1 Scene 2 -- A Lawn before the DUKE'S Palace (26% in)
  • ...proud, fantastical, apish, shallow, inconstant, full of tears, full of smiles; for every passion something and for no passion truly anything, as boys and women are for the most part cattle of this colour; would now like him, now loathe him; then entertain him, then forswear him; now weep for him, then spit at him; that I drave my suitor from his mad humour of love to a living humour of madness; which was, to forswear the full stream of the world and to live in a nook merely monastic.
    3.2 -- Act 3 Scene 2 -- The Forest of Arden (95% in)
  • ...proud, fantastical, apish, shallow, inconstant, full of tears, full of smiles; for every passion something and for no passion truly anything, as boys and women are for the most part cattle of this colour; would now like him, now loathe him; then entertain him, then forswear him; now weep for him, then spit at him; that I drave my suitor from his mad humour of love to a living humour of madness; which was, to forswear the full stream of the world and to live in a nook merely monastic.
    3.2 -- Act 3 Scene 2 -- The Forest of Arden (96% in)

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