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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-joo r, -jur]
    • /æbˈdʒʊər, -ˈdʒɜr/
    • /əbˈdʒʊər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-joo r, -jur]
    • /æbˈdʒʊər, -ˈdʒɜr/

Definitions of abjure word

  • verb abjure If you abjure something such as a belief or way of life, you state publicly that you will give it up or that you reject it. 3
  • verb abjure to renounce or retract, esp formally, solemnly, or under oath 3
  • verb abjure to abstain from or reject 3
  • verb transitive abjure to give up (rights, allegiance, etc.) under oath; renounce 3
  • verb transitive abjure to give up (opinions) publicly; recant 3
  • verb with object abjure to renounce, repudiate, or retract, especially with formal solemnity; recant: to abjure one's errors. 1

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Origin of abjure

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin abjūrāre to deny on oath, equivalent to ab- ab- + jūrāre to swear; see jury1

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Parts of speech for Abjure


abjure popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abjure

verb abjure

  • withdraw — to draw back, away, or aside; take back; remove: She withdrew her hand from his. He withdrew his savings from the bank.
  • renounce — to give up or put aside voluntarily: to renounce worldly pleasures.
  • forswear — to reject or renounce under oath: to forswear an injurious habit.
  • renege — Cards. to play a card that is not of the suit led when one can follow suit; break a rule of play.
  • retract — to withdraw (a statement, opinion, etc.) as inaccurate or unjustified, especially formally or explicitly; take back.

Antonyms for abjure

verb abjure

  • allow — If someone is allowed to do something, it is all right for them to do it and they will not get into trouble.
  • accept — If you accept something that you have been offered, you say yes to it or agree to take it.

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