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A.Word.A.Day--abjurePronunciation: WAV or RealAudio
abjure (ab-JOOR) verb tr.
1. To renounce under oath; forswear.
2. To recant solemnly; repudiate.
3. To give up (an action or practice, for example); abstain from.
[Middle English abjuren, from Old French abjurer, from Latin abiurare : ab-, away + iurare, to swear.]
"I abjured meat out of the purity of my desire not to lie to my parents, but I didn't abjure the company of my friend." M.K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments With Truth, 1927.
This week's theme: words from Gandhi's autobiography.
We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction. -General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)