per·ju·ry /ˈpɝʤəri, ˈpɚ/
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.
n : criminal offense of making false statements under oath [syn:
bearing false witness, lying under oath]