forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore Old form(s): adiunct , forsweare , forsworne
abandon, renounce, reject, give up
1H4 I.ii.183[Poins to Prince Hal, of one of their companions] if he fight longer than he sees reason, I'll forswear arms
1H4 II.ii.15[Falstaff to himself, of Poins] I have forsworn his company hourly any time this two-and-twenty years
2H4 II.iv.199[Hostess to all] I'll forswear keeping house afore I'll be in these tirrits and frights!
2H4 IV.iii.121[Falstaff alone, of possible sons] the first human principle I would teach them should be to forswear thin potations
2H4 V.iv.21[Doll to First Beadle] if you be not swinged I'll forswear half-kirtles
3H6 I.i.251[Queen to King] The northern lords that have forsworn thy colours / Will follow mine
AYL III.ii.398[Rosalind as Ganymede to Orlando, of one in love] then entertain him, then forswear him [i.e. rebuff him]
AYL III.ii.401[Rosalind as Ganymede to Orlando, of driving her suitor] to forswear the full stream of the world
AYL V.iv.55[Touchstone to Duke Senior] I press in here ... to swear and to forswear, according as marriage binds and blood breaks
Cor V.iii.80[Coriolanus to Volumnia] The thing I have forsworn to grant [i.e. sworn not to grant]
LLL IV.iii.295[Berowne to all] we have forsworn our books
LLL IV.iii.62[Longaville reading from a paper] A woman I forswore
LLL V.ii.410[Berowne to Rosaline, of giving up flowery words] I do forswear them
MND II.i.62[Titania to Fairy, of Oberon] I have forsworn his bed and company
Oth IV.ii.158[Desdemona to Iago] Comfort forswear me!
R2 IV.i.210[Richard to all] All pomp and majesty I do forswear
RJ I.i.223[Romeo to Benvolio, of the object of his love] She hath forsworn to love
Tem IV.i.91.1[Ceres to Iris, of Venus and her son] Her and her blind boy's scandalled company / I have forsworn
TG III.i.212[Valentine to Proteus, of Silvia] Hath she forsworn me?
TG III.ii.4[Thurio to Duke, of Silvia] she hath ... / Forsworn my company
Tim IV.iii.134[Timon to Phrynia and Timandra, of the gold he has] Enough to make a whore forswear her trade
TN I.iii.85[Sir Andrew to Sir Toby, of eating beef doing harm to one's wit] An I thought that, I'd forswear it
TN III.iv.246[Sir Toby to Viola as Cesario] meddle you must ... or forswear to wear iron about you
TS IV.ii.26[Tranio as Lucentio to Hortensio] I will with you, if you be so contented, / Forswear Bianca and her love for ever
TS IV.ii.39[Hortensio to Tranio as Lucentio, of Lucentio as Cambio] Would all the world but he had quite forsworn!
WT I.ii.361[Camillo alone, of poisoning Polixenes] Let villainy itself forswear't
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