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forswear
used in Love's Labour's Lost

22 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
  • I forswore not thee:
    4.3 — Act 4 Scene 3 — The same (17% in)
forswore = renounced (disavowed or decided to stop doing something)
  • Necessity will make us all forsworn Three thousand times within this three years' space; For every man with his affects is born, Not by might master'd, but by special grace.
    1.1 — Act 1 Scene 1 — The King of Navarre's park (50% in)
  • If I break faith, this word shall speak for me: I am forsworn 'on mere necessity.'
    1.1 — Act 1 Scene 1 — The King of Navarre's park (51% in)
  • I shall be forsworn,—which is a great argument of falsehood,—if I love.
    1.2 — Act 1 Scene 2 — The park (89% in)
  • Our Lady help my lord! he'll be forsworn.
    2.1 — Act 2 Scene 1 — The King of Navarre's park. A pavilion.... (37% in)
  • If love make me forsworn, how shall I swear to love?
    4.2 — Act 4 Scene 2 — The same (63% in)
  • Ah! never faith could hold, if not to beauty vow'd; Though to myself forsworn, to thee I'll faithful prove; Those thoughts to me were oaks, to thee like osiers bowed.
    4.2 — Act 4 Scene 2 — The same (65% in)
  • I am forsworn.
    4.3 — Act 4 Scene 3 — The same (13% in)
  • A woman I forswore; but I will prove, Thou being a goddess, I forswore not thee: My vow was earthly, thou a heavenly love; Thy grace being gain'd, cures all disgrace in me.
    4.3 — Act 4 Scene 3 — The same (18% in)
  • Do not call it sin in me, That I am forsworn for thee; Thou for whom e'en Jove would swear Juno but an Ethiope were; And deny himself for Jove, Turning mortal for thy love.
    4.3 — Act 4 Scene 3 — The same (30% in)
  • As true we are as flesh and blood can be: The sea will ebb and flow, heaven show his face; Young blood doth not obey an old decree: We cannot cross the cause why we were born, Therefore of all hands must we be forsworn.
    4.3 — Act 4 Scene 3 — The same (58% in)
  • Nothing so sure; and thereby all forsworn.
    4.3 — Act 4 Scene 3 — The same (75% in)
  • And where that you you have vow'd to study, lords, In that each of you have forsworn his book, Can you still dream, and pore, and thereon look?
    4.3 — Act 4 Scene 3 — The same (79% in)
  • Now, for not looking on a woman's face, You have in that forsworn the use of eyes, And study too, the causer of your vow; For where is author in the world Teaches such beauty as a woman's eye?
    4.3 — Act 4 Scene 3 — The same (82% in)
  • O! we have made a vow to study, lords, And in that vow we have forsworn our books: For when would you, my liege, or you, or you, In leaden contemplation have found out Such fiery numbers as the prompting eyes Of beauty's tutors have enrich'd you with?
    4.3 — Act 4 Scene 3 — The same (84% in)
  • Then fools you were these women to forswear, Or, keeping what is sworn, you will prove fools.
    4.3 — Act 4 Scene 3 — The same (92% in)
  • It is religion to be thus forsworn; For charity itself fulfils the law; And who can sever love from charity?
    4.3 — Act 4 Scene 3 — The same (94% in)
  • Sow'd cockle reap'd no corn; And justice always whirls in equal measure: Light wenches may prove plagues to men forsworn; If so, our copper buys no better treasure.
    4.3 — Act 4 Scene 3 — The same (**% in)
  • Taffeta phrases, silken terms precise, Three-pil'd hyperboles, spruce affectation, Figures pedantical; these summer-flies Have blown me full of maggot ostentation: I do forswear them; and I here protest, By this white glove,—how white the hand, God knows!
    5.2 — Act 5 Scene 2 — The same. Before the Princess's pavilion (47% in)
  • Peace! peace! forbear; Your oath once broke, you force not to forswear.
    5.2 — Act 5 Scene 2 — The same. Before the Princess's pavilion (50% in)
  • Now, to our perjury to add more terror, We are again forsworn, in will and error.
    5.2 — Act 5 Scene 2 — The same. Before the Princess's pavilion (53% in)
  • Yet swear not, lest ye be forsworn again.
    5.2 — Act 5 Scene 2 — The same. Before the Princess's pavilion (91% in)

There are no more uses of "forswear" in Love's Labour's Lost.

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