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adjuration

[aj-uh-rey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. an earnest request; entreaty.
  2. a solemn or desperate urging or counseling: an adjuration for all citizens of the beleaguered city to take shelter.
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Origin of adjuration

1605–15; < Latin adjūrātiōn- (stem of adjūrātiō), equivalent to adjūrāt(us), past participle of adjūrāre to adjure + -ion- -ion
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Examples from the Web for adjuration

Historical Examples

  • He looked so serious that his friend repeated his adjuration.

    Shavings

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The preacher, nearing his peroration, rose to a last frenzy of adjuration.

    Tales of Mean Streets

    Arthur Morrison

  • For instance, in the adjuration of Achilles by the staff or sceptre.

  • But Grace was so frightened, and so pledge-bound, that no adjuration stopped her.

    Cripps, the Carrier

    R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore

  • This time it was not merely an adjuration, it was a command.

    The Eddy

    Clarence L. Cullen


Word Origin and History for adjuration

n.

late 14c., "exorcism," from Late Latin adjurationem (nominative adjuratio) "a swearing to," noun of action from past participle stem of adjurare (see adjure). Originally a term in exorcism (with conjuration). General sense is from 17c.

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