abjuration :

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  • n  a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion

  • When he was ordained anew, in 1935, he had but one regret: he found it difficult to "detest" his former faith, as required in the oath of abjuration.
  • The first Cheever in America was a Puritan schoolmaster who was eulogized by Cotton Mather for "his untiring abjuration of the devil" and who believed that "man is full of misery .

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