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[uh-joo r] /əˈdʒʊər/
verb (used with object), adjured, adjuring.
to charge, bind, or command earnestly and solemnly, often under oath or the threat of a penalty.
to entreat or request earnestly or solemnly.
Origin of adjure
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Latin word adjūrāre. See ad-, jury1
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[uh-joo r-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈdʒʊər əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjurer, adjuror, noun
Can be confused
abjure, adjure. Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to command, often by exacting an oath; charge
to appeal earnestly to
Derived Forms
adjuration (ˌædʒʊəˈreɪʃən) noun
adjuratory, adjective
adjurer, adjuror, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin adjūrāre to swear to, from ad- to + jūrāre to swear, from jūs oath
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Word Origin and History for adjure

late 14c., "to bind by oath; to question under oath," from Latin adiurare "confirm by oath, add an oath, to swear to in addition," in Late Latin "to put (someone) to an oath," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + iurare "swear," from ius (genitive iuris) "law" (see jurist). Related: Adjured; adjuring.

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