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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Per·ju·ry n.; pl. Perjuries
 1. False swearing.
 2. Law At common law, a willfully false statement in a fact material to the issue, made by a witness under oath in a competent judicial proceeding.  By statute the penalties of perjury are imposed on the making of willfully false affirmations.
 Note:If a man swear falsely in nonjudicial affidavits, it is made perjury by statute in some jurisdictions in the United States.