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adjure

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verb ad·jure \ə-ˈju̇r\

Simple Definition of adjure

  • : to urge or command (someone) to do something

Full Definition of adjure

ad·juredad·jur·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to command solemnly under or as if under oath or penalty of a curse

  3. 2 :  to urge or advise earnestly

Examples of adjure

  1. He adjured his followers to remain faithful to the cause.

  2. <adjured them not to break the drug laws of any of the countries they would be visiting>



Origin of adjure

Middle English, from Latin adjurare, from ad- + jurare to swear — more at jury


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of adjure

beg, entreat, beseech, implore, supplicate, adjure, importune mean to ask urgently. beg suggests earnestness or insistence in the asking <they begged for help>. entreat implies an effort to persuade or to overcome resistance <entreated me to join them>. beseech and implore imply a deeply felt anxiety <I beseech you to have mercy> <implored her not to leave>. supplicate suggests a posture of humility <with bowed heads they supplicated their Lord>. adjure implies advising as well as pleading <we were adjured to tell the truth>. importune suggests an annoying persistence in trying to break down resistance <importuning viewers for donations>.

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