V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to formally renounce, usually with an oath or pledge, a formerly held belief or action; 2. to deny and disavow under oath

Synonyms: abjure, disavow, forgo, renounce, retract

Antonyms: adopt, take on

Tips: To help remember the word forswear, think, "swear off." Forswear is to give up and seriously vow to stop doing something. In legal context, to forswear is to formally retract a previous statement.

Usage Examples:

She was told by Alcoholics Anonymous to forswear her association with her former friends. (forgo, renounce)

Most political candidates will forswear raising taxes at election time. (disavow, retract)

I forswear cigarettes and vow to never smoke again. (forgo, renounce)

Waking up hung-over from drinking too much the night before, he decided to forswear alcohol for ever. (forgo, renounce)

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