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perjury

Definition:

criminal offense of making false statements under oath

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Related to:

perjure

Plural:

perjuries

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"act of swearing to a statement known to be false", via Anglo-French parjurie...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Perjury | forswearing

the willful act of swearing a false oath or of falsifying an affirmation to tell the truth, whether spoken or in writing, concerning matters material to an official proceeding. That is, the witness falsely promises to tell the truth about matters which... (42 of 4855 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Perjury

Collins Dictionary:

perjury [criminal law] | perjuries [plural]

the offence committed by a witness in judicial proceedings who, having been lawfully sworn or having affirmed, wilfully gives false evidence (21 of 440 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/perjury

Britannica Encyclopedia:

perjury [law]

in law, the giving of false testimony under oath on an issue or point of inquiry regarded as material. Both traditional and modern legal systems have ... (26 of 428 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/452123​/perjury

Columbia Encyclopedia:

perjury

in criminal law, the act of willfully and knowingly stating a falsehood under oath or under affirmation in judicial or administrative proceedings. If ... (23 of 117 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0838454​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

perjury [law] | perjuries [plural] | perjurious [derived]

the offence of wilfully telling an untruth or making a misrepresentation under oath (13 of 77 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/perjury

perjury | perjuries [plural] | perjurious [derived]

Syllabification: (per·ju·ry) | [law] | the offense of willfully telling an untruth in a court after having taken an oath or affirmation. (20 of 73 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/perjury

New World Dictionary:

perjury | perjuries [plural]

the willful telling of a lie while under lawful oath or affirmation to tell the truth in a matter material to the point of inquiry | the breaking of ... (28 of 62 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/perjury

Merriam-Webster:

perjury

the voluntary violation of an oath or vow either by swearing to what is untrue or by omission to do what has been promised under oath; false swearing (28 of 61 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/perjury

American Heritage Dictionary:

perjury | perjuries [plural] | perjurious [adjective, related] | perjuriously [adverb, related]

[law] The deliberate, willful giving of false, misleading, or incomplete testimony under oath. | The breach of an oath or promise. (20 of 46 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/perjury

Cambridge Dictionary:

perjury [law]

the crime of telling lies in court when you have promised to tell the truth (15 of 38 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/perjury

Macmillan British Dictionary:

perjury [uncountable, law]

the crime of lying when you give evidence in a court of law (13 of 38 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/perjury

Random House Dictionary:

perjury [law] | perjuries [plural]

the willful giving of false testimony under oath or affirmation, before a competent tribunal, upon a point material to a legal inquiry. (22 of 30 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/perjury

Wiktionary:

perjury [law] | perjuries [plural] | oathbreach [synonym]

The deliberate giving of false or misleading testimony under oath. (10 of 17 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/perjury

Encarta Dictionary:

perjury | perjuries [plural]

the telling of a lie after having taken an oath to tell the truth, usually in a court of law | a lie told in a court of law by somebody who has taken ... (33 of 77 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861725107​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

perjury

First use: late 14th century

Origin: "act of swearing to a statement known to be false", via Anglo-French parjurie (late 13th century) and Old French parjurie, both from ... (25 of 43 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=perjury

New World Dictionary:

perjury | perjuries [plural]

Origin: Middle English from Old French parjurie from Latin perjurium from perjurus, false, breaking oath from per, through + ... (18 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/perjury

Oxford Dictionary:

perjury [law] | perjuries [plural]

Origin: late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French perjurie, from Latin perjurium "false oath", from the verb perjurare (see "perjure")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/perjury

American Heritage Dictionary:

perjury | perjuries [plural]

Origin: Middle English periurie, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin periūrium, from periūrāre, to perjure; see "perjure".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/perjury

Collins Dictionary:

perjury [criminal law] | perjuries [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Anglo-French parjurie, from Latin perjūrium a false oath; see perjure

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/perjury

Wiktionary:

perjury [law] | perjuries [plural]

Origin: Ultimately from Latin perjurare ("swear falsely"), from Latin per- + jurare.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/perjury

Encarta Dictionary:

perjury | perjuries [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Anglo-Norman from Latin perjurium from perjurare

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861725107​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

perjury [criminal law] | perjuries [plural]

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "perjury"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "perjury"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/perjury

Macmillan British Dictionary:

perjury [uncountable, law]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "perjury"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/perjury

Macmillan American Dictionary:

perjury [uncountable, law]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "perjury"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/perjury

Cambridge Dictionary:

perjury [law]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "perjury"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "perjury"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/perjury

the Free Dictionary:

perjury

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "perjury"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "perjury"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "perjury" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/perjury

Google Dictionary:

perjury | perjuries [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "perjury"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

perjury

Audio: North American pronunciation of "perjury"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=perjur​05 word=perjury

YourDictionary Audio:

perjury

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "perjury" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/perjury

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