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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n forswearing the act of renouncing; sacrificing or giving up or surrendering (a possession or right or title or privilege etc.)
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In literature:

I will not forswear myself.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. July, 1863, No. LXIX." by Various
Promise, renounce, and for ever forswear thy vows.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Could you, with so much ease, forswear my love?
"The Works Of John Dryden, Volume 4 (of 18)" by John Dryden
You must forswear your duty.
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
If he will perjure himself, let him forswear himself in person.
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
Glories of the world, the love of women; did not all priests forswear these?
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Wall, if I ain't almost riddy to forswear my kintry and turn Turk.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
No matter; though you should forswear yourself; I, at least, will do what is right.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I, No. VI, June, 1862" by Various
Give his word to Angria and then forswear himself!
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
You were offered your freedom in prison at any moment if you would take the oath and forswear your allegiance to the South.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Every sorry thought forswear!
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Although she had married, it was by no means her intention to forswear prophesying and chivalry.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Hence, with Kahei and Sakurai Uji, it was decided to forswear wine forever.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
Will you forswear business and help me entertain the girls to-morrow?
"Grace Harlowe's Fourth Year at Overton College" by Jessie Graham Flower
Alicia at once had made him forswear the office and set up as a gentleman of leisure.
"The Gay Adventure" by Richard Bird
He stamped upon the floor with impotent rage, and determined at last to forswear all ties.
"By Birth a Lady" by George Manville Fenn
If thou didst know, thou must, for charity, Forswear the wonted rigor of thine eye.
"Is Polite Society Polite?" by Julia Ward Howe
What they did forswear, however, was the world of getting and spending.
"The Zen Experience" by Thomas Hoover
I hope you'll take warning and forswear `pegs.
"The Ruby Sword" by Bertram Mitford
Forswear Mohammed for your soul's sake, not for mine!
"God Wills It!" by William Stearns Davis

In poetry:

He shall forswear and put away
The idols of his sheltered house;
And to Necessity shall pay
Unflinching tribute of his vows.
"The Reformers" by Rudyard Kipling
Oh ! he had seen his heart's first love
Forswear the vows she once had taken,
She fled, with rank and wealth to rove;
For rank and wealth was he forsaken.
"The Exile" by Laura Sophia Temple
Brave girl, who art inured
To difficult privation and rude pain,
What good shall come forswearing kith and God,
To follow the allurements of the heart?
"The Dance To Death. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
Better endure war's worst of ills,
The woe of a hundred fights,
Than cower behind your banks and tills
And smug with your money, your mines, your mills,
Forswear a neighbour's rights.
"To Great Britain" by Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley
If I should quit thee, sacrifice, forswear,
To what, my art, shall I give thee in keeping?
To the long winds of heaven? Shall these come sweeping
My songs forgone against my face and hair?
"A Poet's Sonnet" by Alice Meynell
Make him acknowledge you only are right,
That you hold the keys of the portals of light;
Spare him not! Cry "Infidel!"
Until he consent your fetters to wear,
And conscience and reason both to forswear,
Cry "Infidel!"
"Cry Infidel!" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell

In news:

Politicians forswear the notion of racial quotas .
Some women in Los Angeles are forswearing dieting and embracing a new euphemism for it: cleansing.