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fawr swer

  • v  formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure

  • They have offered money and shelter to pregnant women, asking that they forswear abortion.
  • A shrewd, self-effacing administrator, Sir Charles traveled to the far corners of his land persuading tribal chiefs to end their wars and forswear headhunting.
  • Carnivores love it, health nuts crave it, vegetarians forswear solemn oaths for it.
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  • President Obama Speaks to New Iranian Leader; Working on Nuclear Arms Deal
    *(Via USA Today) – President Obama said Friday he spoke with new Iran President Hasan Rouhani by phone, the first top-level U.S.-Iranian contact in more than three decades. Obama said he and Rouhani discussed the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program, and agreed to direct their teams to negotiate an agreement in which Iran would forswear […]
    Sept. 27, 2013 - EURweb

  • Ryan Crocker in USA Today
    Update at 10:29 am ET: Crocker says a new framework governing the US military's presence in Iraq beyond the end of the year "will not establish permanent bases in Iraq and we anticipate that it will expressly forswear them."
  • Ian Paisley in Sydney Morning Herald
    I will not be talking to Sinn Fein until they repudiate their terrorism. Let them forswear their violence, let them turn a new leaf,Mr Paisley said in his Ballymena heartland.
  • Richard Lugar in Reuters India
    The only certain way to eliminate this risk going forward is for the Clinton Foundation to forswear new foreign contributions when Senator Clinton becomes secretary of state,Lugar said, although he also proposed a series of compromise steps...

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