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abjure

To abjure means to solemnly and/or formally renounce something, such as one of your beliefs or oaths.

If you don’t have enough neurons and synapses in your brain to store all of the words in the English language (and other languages if you want or need to be bilingual, multilingual or, more challengingly, a true polyglot)—and who does?—then you can safely ignore the word abjure by simply staying true to all of your beliefs and oaths for your entire life. That way, there would never be a need to abjure any of them.

On the other hand, nobody can know everything. If you commit to staying true to your beliefs forever and all time, regardless of whatever new information might saunter past you as you go through life, you could justifiably be said to be pigheaded and unwilling or unable to learn.

This would not reflect well on you because there will almost certainly be times in your life when it would be appropriate to abjure one or more of your beliefs. Thus, it might be worthwhile to learn this word to protect your reputation.

Then again, if you think pigheadedness is a virtue then you can safely ignore the word abjure because you will intentionally make yourself willfully blind to new knowledge so as to avoid having to recognize any errors in your beliefs. This would simplify your life and possibly make it less stressful. True, it would leave you pegged with an ignoramus label in many people’s minds, but that’s your choice to make.

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