[uh-joo r]

verb (used with object), ad·jured, ad·jur·ing.

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
Related formsad·jur·a·to·ry [uh-joo r-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈdʒʊər əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivead·jur·er, ad·ju·ror, noun
Can be confusedabjure adjure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for adjure

beseech, require, entreat, implore, charge, obligate, supplicate, order

Examples from the Web for adjure

Contemporary Examples of adjure

Historical Examples of adjure

  • Jeffrey had to adjure himself to keep awake to the difficulties he alone had made.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • In my ancestor's name, I adjure and remind thee of thy pledge.


    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

    Edward Howard

  • I adjure you, Caroline, to lay this clearly before our dear brother.

British Dictionary definitions for adjure


verb (tr)

to command, often by exacting an oath; charge
to appeal earnestly to
Derived Formsadjuration (ˌædʒʊəˈreɪʃən), nounadjuratory, adjectiveadjurer or adjuror, noun

Word Origin for adjure

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper