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[pur-juh-ree] /ˈpɜr dʒə ri/

noun, plural perjuries. Law.
the willful giving of false testimony under oath or affirmation, before a competent tribunal, upon a point material to a legal inquiry.
noun (pl) -juries
(criminal law) the offence committed by a witness in judicial proceedings who, having been lawfully sworn or having affirmed, wilfully gives false evidence

late 14c., “act of swearing to a statement known to be false,” via Anglo-French perjurie (late 13c.) and Old French parjurée “perjury, false witness,” both from Latin periurium “a false oath,” from periurare “swear falsely,” from per- “away, entirely” (see per) + iurare “to swear” (see jury (n.)). Related: Perjurious.


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