Was there ever a critic who could conjure up a great performance like Kael?
Worse, the IT revolution has also created a much greater capacity for humans to conjure surprising events into being.
Covering this election, the optimism of the Obama 2008 campaign is hard to conjure up.
Nor can Saudi Arabia expect to conjure up a new league between Arab states as a strategic alternative to America.
Performing with Weird Al was as much as a dream come true as I think I could conjure.
With an intense egoisme, such as mine, I should conjure up an Edgerton in the deepest valleys of our country.
"I conjure and entreat you for the love of our country," is their usual wording.
But posthumous evocations are seldom of any avail; and O'Connell's was no longer a name to conjure with.
The name of Uncle Ebeneezer seemed to be one to conjure with.
And why should Aubrey conjure up an array of imaginary obstacles, arising out of a diseased delicacy?
late 13c., "command on oath," from Old French conjurer "invoke, conjure" (12c.), from Latin coniurare "to swear together; conspire," from com- "together" (see com-) + iurare "to swear" (see jury (n.)). Magical sense is c.1300, for "constraining by spell" a demon to do one's bidding. Related: Conjured; conjuring. Phrase conjure up "cause to appear in the mind" (as if by magic) attested from 1580s.