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abjure (verb) to give up on oath.

'abjure' implies taking an oath to stop doing something bad. People abjure drink, smoking, unlawful activities. If there is a change of heart in a person who vows to give up their bad way of life, they abjure it.

  • Emperor Asoka of India was so shocked and horrified at the bloodshed in the Kalinga war that he abjured war.
  • The terrorists abjured arms on being assured by the mediators that their demands would be conceded by the government.
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