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Abjure (to reject; abandon formally) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the verb abjure

What does abjure mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: abjured | abjuring | abjures

  1. formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure

Alternative definition of the verb abjure


  1. [ambitransitive] To renounce upon oath; to forswear; to disavow.
  2. [transitive] To renounce or reject with solemnity; to recant; to abandon forever; to reject; repudiate.

Definition of the verb abjure for high school students

    to reject, renounce
    • example: To prove his honesty, the President abjured the evil policies of his wicked predecessor.

The verb abjure is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for abjure

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Google previewA Pun My Word (1991)

A Humorously Enlightened Path to English Usage by Robert Oliver Shipman

Abjure means to renounce upon oath; to swear off: to reject solemnly; to repudiate; to avoid or shun. Adjure means to charge, bind, or command earnestly and solemnly, often under oath or the threat of a curse; to warn or admonish solemnly; ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style (2000)

by Bryan A. Garner

abjure 3 the maximum likelihood factors. . . . Compression of the factor space tends to decrease both IFS and CLANR, while excessive expansion is likely to also decrease the CLANR, while the IFS might be expected to be reasonably stable.

Google previewPhilologia Anglicana: or, a Philological and synonymical dictionary of the English language; in which the words are deduced from their originals-their sense defined-and the same illustrated and supported by proper examples and notes, critical and explanatory. [“A-Adornment” only.] (1806)

by Benjamin DAWSON (Rector of Burgh, Suffolk.)

' Ot/m-plra/itre: all abjure] That is, attachment to them, or (to preferve ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the arts, sciences, literature, etc. : intended to supersede the use of other books of reference (1816)

[from abjure.] ...

Google previewDictionary of Confusable Words (2013)

by Adrian Room

ability see capability abjure/adjure To abjure something is to renounce it or abstain from it, with the implication that this is done publicly: 'Members of the sect were required to abjure all alcoholic drink.' To adjure someone to do something is to ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes ... (1845)

by John Platts

ABJURE — ABRIDGE. Address, [dirigo, to direct, L.] skilful management. Ability to discern, act, execute, mentally or corporeally ; capacity to understand, comprehend, retain ; talent for some particular art, office, or profession ; faculty of seeing ...

Google previewAn English expositour, or Compleat dictionary: teaching the interpretation of the hardest words, and most usefull terms of art used in our language. First set forth by J. B. Dr of Physick ... And now the sixth time revised, corrected, and very much augmented ... By a lover of the arts. The author named in the preface as John Bulloker (1684)

Abjure. To renounce, or forfwear : a term fo metime ufed in Law, when ore hoving committed a capital offence fieth to a Church, or church-yard, and chooseth rather perpetual, taniiliment, vix. to abjure the Realm, then stand to trial of Law.

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Scrabble value of A1B3J8U1R1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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