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 for forswear
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forswear \For*swear"\, v. t. [imp. Forswore; p. p. Forsworn;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Forswearing.] [OE. forsweren, forswerien,
     AS. forswerian; pref. for- + swerian to swear. See For-,
     and Swear, v. i.]
     1. To reject or renounce upon oath; hence, to renounce
        earnestly, determinedly, or with protestations.
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              I . . . do forswear her.              --Shak.
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     2. To deny upon oath.
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              Like innocence, and as serenely bold
              As truth, how loudly he forswears thy gold!
                                                    --Dryden.
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     To forswear one's self, to swear falsely; to perjure one's
        self. "Thou shalt not forswear thyself." --Matt. v. 33.
  
     Syn: See Perjure.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forswear \For*swear"\, v. i.
     To swear falsely; to commit perjury. --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  forswear
      v 1: formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually
           under pressure; "He retracted his earlier statements about
           his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs" [syn: abjure,
           recant, forswear, retract, resile]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  118 Moby Thesaurus words for "forswear":
     abandon, abdicate, abjure, acknowledge defeat, assert the contrary,
     back down, back out, backwater, belie, brush aside, cease, cede,
     chuck, chuck out, climb down, contemn, contest, contradict,
     contravene, controvert, counter, crawfish out, cross, cry quits,
     decline, deny, desist from, despise, disaffirm, disallow,
     disapprove, disavow, discard, disclaim, discontinue, discount,
     disdain, disgorge, dismiss, disown, dispense with, dispose of,
     disprove, dispute, disregard, do without, drop, dump, eat crow,
     eat humble pie, except, exclude, forgo, gainsay, get along without,
     get rid of, give away, give over, give up, hand over,
     have done with, ignore, impugn, join issue upon, kiss good-bye,
     lay down, leave off, make a sacrifice, not accept, not admit,
     nullify, oppose, palinode, part with, pass by, pass up, push aside,
     quitclaim, rebuff, recall, recant, refuse, refuse to admit,
     refuse to consider, refute, reject, relinquish, render up, renege,
     renounce, repel, repudiate, repulse, resign, retract, revoke,
     sacrifice, scout, shove away, spare, spurn, stop, surrender,
     swallow, swear off, take back, take issue with, take the pledge,
     throw away, throw out, throw up, turn away, turn out, unsay,
     vacate, waive, withdraw, yield
  
  

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