n. pl. per·ju·ries
1. The crime of willfully and knowingly making a false statement about a material fact while under oath.
2. An act of committing such a crime: testimony full of perjuries.
[Middle English periurie, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin periūrium, from periūrāre, to perjure; see PERJURE.]
per·juri·ous (pər-jrē-əs) adj.
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