n.1.The violation of an oath; perjury.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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But she is equally repulsed by the overly flexible oathbreaking of the Christian characters, which she sees in open court before her eyes when Bassanio and Gratiano assert their willingness to sacrifice their new wives to save the beleaguered Antonio.
For example, at common law, accused people could not testify on their own behalf, lest they be tempted into oathbreaking, and thus damnation.(10) At common law, the accused was ordinarily obliged to represent himself, and so the proscription on sworn testimony did not prevent the accused from presenting his side of the story to the court.