from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of abjuring; a renunciation upon oath, or with great solemnity or strong asseveration: as, to take an oath of abjuration; an abjuration of heresy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of abjuring or forswearing; a renunciation upon oath.
  • noun A solemn recantation or renunciation.
  • noun an oath asserting the right of the present royal family to the crown of England, and expressly abjuring allegiance to the descendants of the Pretender.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of abjuring.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion


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  • "Abjuration, in law, is an oath to be taken by officers, civil and military, when admitted into office, and it expressly renounces and abjures any claim of the descendants of the late Pretender to the throne of these kingdoms.

    "This oath is required to be taken by all persons in any office, trust, or employment, upon divers sic occasions, under certain pains and penalties by many statutes... and may be tendered by two justices of the peace to any person whom they shall suspect of disaffection."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 2

    October 12, 2008