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forswear (verb) give up; promise to give up.
You forswear a life of pleasures if you stop enjoying pleasures or decide or promise to give them up and do so. You forswear someone's company if you stop moving with them. Monks and nuns forswear worldly life. That is, they vow to give up worldly life.
- Under severe pressure from the members of his family, Jonathan has forsworn drink and drugs and agreed to lead a normal life free from any addictions.
- Though he knows well that his relationship with the unmarried Lucy may have a bad effect on his relations with his wife and children, Mike is unable to forswear his affair with Lucy.