conjure

[ kon-jer, kuhn- for 1–5, 8–10, 12; kuhn-joor for 6, 7, 11 ]
/ ˈkɒn dʒər, ˈkʌn- for 1–5, 8–10, 12; kənˈdʒʊər for 6, 7, 11 /

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

verb (used without object), con·jured, con·jur·ing.

noun

Chiefly Southern U.S. an act or instance of witchcraft or voodoo, especially a spell.

Origin of conjure

1250–1300; Middle English conjuren < Anglo-French, Old French conjurer < Latin conjūrāre, equivalent to con- con- + jūrāre to swear, derivative of jūs law; cf. jury1, justice
Related formsun·con·jured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for conjure up (1 of 2)

conjure up


verb (tr, adverb)

to present to the mind; evoke or imaginehe conjured up a picture of his childhood
to call up or command (a spirit or devil) by an incantation

British Dictionary definitions for conjure up (2 of 2)

conjure

/ (ˈkʌndʒə) /

verb

(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
  1. a person thought to have great power or influence
  2. any name that excites the imagination

Word Origin for conjure

C13: from Old French conjurer to plot, from Latin conjūrāre to swear together, form a conspiracy, from jūrāre to swear
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Word Origin and History for conjure up

conjure


v.

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.

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