[ uh-joo r ]
/ əˈdʒʊər /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for adjure


/ (əˈdʒʊə) /

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.

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