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Abjuration


ABJURA'TION, noun [See Abjure.]

1. The act of abjuring; a renunciation upon oath; as 'an abjuration of the realm, ' by which a person swears to leave the country, and never to return. It is used also for the oath of renunciation. Formerly in England, felons, taking refuge in a church, and confessing their guilt, could not be arrested and tried, but might save their lives by abjuring the realm; that is by taking an oath to quit the kingdom forever.

2. A rejection or denial with solemnity; a total abandonment; as 'an abjuration of heresy.'