ab·jure [ab-joo r, -jur]
verb (used with object), abjured, abjuring.
1. to renounce, repudiate, or retract, especially with formal solemnity; recant:
- To abjure a harsh statement.
2. to renounce or give up under oath; forswear:
- To abjure his freedom.
3. to avoid or shun:
- To abjure one's enemies.
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin abjūrāre to deny on oath, equivalent to ab- ab- + jūrāre to swear; see jury