Learning English

Word: Abjure

Abjure [Verb]

Sentence with Context: 

Trump has repeatedly abjured political correctness ever since he plunged into the US presidential contest a year ago, but even by his standards an open invitation to Russia, a long-standing enemy, to interfere in America’s general election was a departure that was the ultimate in political heresy.

(Source: www.telegraphindia.com)

Meaning: Renounce a cause, claim or belief

Synonyms

Renounce, Reject, Relinquish, Deny, Gainsay, Repudiate

Antonyms

Profess, Assert, Claim, Avow

The Confusion? 

Both the words “Abdicate(Click here to check out the word) and “Abjure” refer to renouncing a position. But while the former refers to renouncing a formal and social position of power like a throne, the latter refers to the renouncement of an ideology or belief system.

Mnemonic (Memory Aid): How To Remember?

You must have heard the adage: “A burnt child dreads fire”. So, injury can change someone’s position. The “-jure” in “abjure” should remind you of the word “injure“. And when a position injures you, you change the position. You reject your previously held  notion.

Someone has abjured meat!
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