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per·ju·ry

perjury

 
 
pronunciation:
puhr j ri
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part of speech: noun
inflections: perjuries
definition: the crime of telling a lie in a court after promising under oath to tell the truth.
The witness chose to commit perjury rather than reveal his friend's involvement in the crime.
derivation: perjurious (adj.)
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The word perjury contains the following parts:
per- Latin prefix that means through, throughout; very
jud, jur, just Latin root that means justice, law; swear
-y2 Latin and Greek noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, act, or practice of