Abjure is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of abjure, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
EXAMPLES - Abjure in a Sentence
- I will abjure all irony (wasted) and sarcasm (unworthy). (source)
- Erard exclaimed that she must "abjure" or be burnt at once. (source)
- These serve to cloud men's minds to abjure rational thought. (source)
- All the more of a shame that you appear to abjure such teaching. (source)
- We also abjure those, like Ms. Clinton, for whom merit is secondary to expediency. (source)
- And you'll impress your pals when you drop "abjure" or "loquacity" in conversation. (source)
- Every speech is of course a collaboration, and the speechwriter's code is to abjure authorship. (source)
- "Those who 'abjure' violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf." (source)
- On receiving this the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might fly from the country. (source)
- That, presumably, is why he must 'abjure' this 'rough magic' by breaking his magical staff and drowning his book. (source)
- Policy makers should abjure knee-jerk reforms and carefully consider the actual impact of proposed changes on pay. (source)
- And downright unhelpful is Ms. Finney's suggestion that one abjure such "stress hormone-inducing substances" as coffee. (source)
- Many people, if not most, abjure speculation, subscribing instead to a Muddling Through bias, the last row of Table 2 . (source)
- I guess there is a reason they abjure the label liberal besides the connotation that has been applied to it by liberals who ain't. (source)
- Not necessarily politically, but in temperament: They abjure fad and fashion in drink, hewing to the Platonic form of the cocktail. (source)
- So, what we end up at is a determina that Hamlet should "throw to earth/This unprevailing woe," that he should abjure his own grief. (source)
- Though I'm sure there are many parents who abjure such bribery on principle, those of us made of less stern stuff use it where needed. (source)
- Indeed, as George Orwell observed, "Those who 'abjure' violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf." (source)
- Most environmentalists abjure talk of transcendence and Spirit because they are moderns at heart -- they agree that all being is material being. (source)
- Conservatives are less entranced by playful psychosexual archetypes than you or I, and tend to abjure ambiguity when there are blunt objects available. (source)
- Thus we need never argue our claim that this faith of Troth and knowledgeses does not, has not, and cannot ever lead one to abjure evidence inconsistent with it. (source)
- And their job is nothing but to protect the person they are assigned to protect and I don't believe they abjure that duty for politics or as part of some conspiracy. (source)
- But if Hillary's race-card politics make them feel sufficiently disenfranchised, these Obama supporters may abjure Hillary and sit out the general election altogether. (source)
- These are the very people Orwell was describing, who 'abjure' violence and are not even aware that they are kept safe by 'rough men' ready to do violence on their behalf. (source)
- Am I living in Dreamland or was there not a time in American politics when a 'reverend' like Hucklebee would abjure from politics purely on the grounds of separation of church and state? (source)
- 'Pak has evidence about India's involvement in Balochistan' today said Government was willing to open talks with the Maoists provided they "abjure" violence which, he said, was the only hurdle to hold (source)
- Apparently the Republican senators will demand that all future nominees abjure any serious use of foreign legal materials; the result might well be to make our constitutional practice more insular, to our cost. (source)
- Ahmadinajad has refused to abjure terrorism or criticize Al Qaeda; Qadaffi has condemned al Qaeda, arrested its representatives, and assailed the Wahhabist fundamentalism that animates and pays for al Qaeda terrorism. (source)
- Time and again the people are advised to abjure these bit players who are anyway inexorably under the sway of the Infinite God and dedicate themselves to the more challenging task of connecting to the one true universal power. (source)
- I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; ... (source)
- A good shortlist to start with would be to close down Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, abjure torture and rendition, prosecute Blackwater's killings of civilians, and vow that America will never conquer its enemies by behaving like them. (source)
- We are also going to have to inquire as to which pharmacy chains these jokers work for, that we may boycott, abjure, and generally condemn and deride and make fun of them until they fire these idiots and replace them with actual pros. (source)
- How is it that both candidates who claim to abjure the invasion of Iraq gave unceremonious blessings in support of Colombia's acts of pre-emption in the name of self-defense, as well as Bush's stigmatizing of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez? (source)
- As a convert to this One True Faith, I hereby abjure all evidence, strong or weak, that might challenge our claim that this faith of Troth and knowledgeses does not, has not, and cannot ever lead one to abjure evidence inconsistent with it. (source)
- The one thing we can probably say for sure about the prospects for universal nuclear disarmament is that no state will agree either to abjure or to dismantle nuclear weapons unless it believes that such a course is the best course for its own national security. (source)
- Mr. Coburn was all the more deadly for being fair-minded: he was tough on both parties as operating in a crisis from "scripts," with Democrats saying everything is Bush's fault and Republicans decrying high spending and taxing while failing to abjure earmarks and admit what must be cut. (source)
- Now, Elizabeth Edwards is a supremely class act, so her reply to Roberts was a sort of indulgent, gentle reminder to the anchorman of what she had already said, about wanting to elevate the political discourse by at least requesting that the vile Coulter discuss issues and abjure personal slurs. (source)
- There was some murmuring among the crowd during this long ceremony; for while Jeanne was alive the English soldiery dared attempt nothing fresh; and they only saw in her refusals to "abjure" an immediate reason for handing her over from the ecclesiastical justice to the secular, whose ways were swifter. (source)
- Wishing however, to remove from the minds of your Eminences and all faithful Christians this vehement suspicion reasonably conceived against me, I abjure with a sincere heart and unfeigned faith, I curse and detest the said errors and heresies, and generally all and every error, heresy, and sect contrary to the Holy Catholic Church. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 45.0, which suggests that "abjure" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 8 synonyms for abjure.
abstain from, forswear, recant, renege, renounce, retract, take back, withdraw
We have 2 antonyms for abjure.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of abjure from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To recant solemnly; renounce or repudiate: "For nearly 21 years after his resignation as Prime Minister in 1963, he abjured all titles, preferring to remain just plain 'Mr.'” ( Time).
- (verb-transitive) To renounce under oath; forswear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To abstain from; to avoid; to shun.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To renounce upon oath; to forswear; to disavow. To abjure the realm, is to swear to abandon it forever.
- (verb-transitive) To renounce or reject with solemnity; to recant; to abandon forever; to reject; repudiate.
- (verb-intransitive) To renounce on oath.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To renounce upon oath; forswear; withdraw formally from: as, to abjure allegiance to a prince.
- (None) To renounce or repudiate; abandon; retract; especially, to renounce or retract with solemnity: as, to abjure one's errors or wrong practices.
- (None) To take an oath of abjuration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure