- 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
Examples from the Web for adjure
With courage or common sense, or both, governors and state legislatures can adjure measures like the Arizona bill.How ‘Religious Freedom’ Is Hurting Everyone’s Freedom
March 5, 2014
Jeffrey had to adjure himself to keep awake to the difficulties he alone had made.The Prisoner
In my ancestor's name, I adjure and remind thee of thy pledge.Zanoni
Edward Bulwer Lytton
I entreat you—I adjure you—to make this known wherever you can.Salt Water
W. H. G. Kingston
I adjure you to hear me swear that I will have all the justice done to your memory that man can do!Rattlin the Reefer
I adjure you, Caroline, to lay this clearly before our dear brother.Evan Harrington, Complete
- to command, often by exacting an oath; charge
- to appeal earnestly to
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.