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Grammar Girl's 101 Words to Sound Smart

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Mignon Fogarty

St. Martin's Griffin


Grammar Girl's 101 Words to Sound Smart

Abjure and jury both share the Latin root for "swear." Whereas a jury swears an oath, to abjure is to swear something off, to forswear it. Abjuring can be a formal act sealed by an oath, or an informal act similar to recanting a statement or shunning a person or activity.
"I abjure you," Alcide said. Colonel Flood winced, and young Sid, Amanda, and Culpepper looked both astonished and impressed, as if this were a ceremony they'd never thought to witness. "I see you no longer. I hunt with you no longer. I share flesh with you no longer."

--Charlaine Harris in the Sookie Stackhouse novel Dead to the World

I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.

--Leonardo da Vinci

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