- to affect or influence by or as if by invocation or spell.
- to effect, produce, bring, etc., by or as by magic: to conjure a miracle.
- to call upon or command (a devil or spirit) by invocation or spell.
- to call or bring into existence by or as if by magic (usually followed by up): She seemed to have conjured up the person she was talking about.
- to bring to mind; recall (usually followed by up): to conjure up the past.
- to appeal to solemnly or earnestly: I conjure you to hear my plea.
- Obsolete. to charge solemnly.
- to call upon or command a devil or spirit by invocation or spell.
- to practice magic.
- to practice legerdemain.
- Obsolete. to conspire.
- Chiefly Southern U.S. an act or instance of witchcraft or voodoo, especially a spell.
Origin of conjure
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Examples from the Web for conjuring
Fans of the 2013 horror film The Conjuring may be familiar with the doll, which plays a central role.Beware: Connecticut’s Museum of the Occult May Kill You
July 3, 2014
Frozen pulls off its animated abracadabra by conjuring up the elements that made Disney's modern classics just that.‘Frozen’ Is the Best Disney Film Since ‘The Lion King’
November 25, 2013
In The Conjuring, the Warrens brush off alleged hauntings as the result of drafts or defective pipes.A Night with The Conjuring’s Ed & Lorraine Warren
August 18, 2013
I've learned that this form of identity theft, conjuring up a character to attract another person, is not uncommon.Five Rules for Social Media Safety From Manti Te’o’s ‘Girlfriend’
April 10, 2013
In the prepartisan media days, there were two traditional ways of conjuring up an October surprise.Benghazi Backlash, Mideast Implosion, Jobless Numbers: The Real Potential October Surprises
October 3, 2012
First of all, you will have no books, no paper, and no conjuring book.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
No, she's a professional; we had her last year; she does conjuring.The Christian
And there stood Beth adorable in her perplexity, conjuring both of him to speak.The Vagrant Duke
He was curiously reminded of the conjuring performance at the Alhambra.A Great Man
He waggled his club over it as if he were going to perform a conjuring trick.Love Among the Chickens
P. G. Wodehouse
- the performance of tricks that appear to defy natural laws
- denoting or relating to such tricks or entertainment
- (intr) to practise conjuring or be a conjuror
- (intr) to call upon supposed supernatural forces by spells and incantations
- (kənˈdʒʊə) (tr) to appeal earnestly or strongly toI conjure you to help me
- a name to conjure with
- a person thought to have great power or influence
- any name that excites the imagination
Word Origin and History for conjuring
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.