[kon-jer, kuhn- for 1–5, 8–10, 12; kuhn-joor for 6, 7, 11]

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

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


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

Synonyms for conjure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conjuring

Contemporary Examples of conjuring

Historical Examples of conjuring

  • First of all, you will have no books, no paper, and no conjuring book.

    The Black Tulip

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • No, she's a professional; we had her last year; she does conjuring.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • And there stood Beth adorable in her perplexity, conjuring both of him to speak.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • He was curiously reminded of the conjuring performance at the Alhambra.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • He waggled his club over it as if he were going to perform a conjuring trick.

British Dictionary definitions for conjuring



the performance of tricks that appear to defy natural laws


denoting or relating to such tricks or entertainment



(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for conjuring



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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