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
jury 1 Related forms ad·jur·a·to·ry , [ uh- j- oo r uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈdʒʊər əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective ad·jur·er, ad·ju·ror, noun
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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.
In my ancestor's name, I
adjure and remind thee of thy pledge.
I entreat you—I
adjure you—to make this known wherever you can.
adjure you to hear me swear that I will have all the justice done to your memory that man can do!
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 Forms adjuration ( ˌædʒʊəˈreɪʃən), noun adjuratory, adjective adjurer 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 v.
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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