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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of adjure

adjuredadjuring

  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 in a sentence

  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>



Did You Know?

Adjure and its synonyms "entreat," "importune," and "implore" all mean "to ask earnestly." "Entreat" implies an effort to persuade or overcome resistance. "Importune" goes further, adding a sense of annoying persistence in trying to break down resistance to a request. "Implore," on the other hand, suggests a great urgency or anguished appeal on the part of the speaker. "Adjure" implies advising as well as pleading, and is sometimes accompanied by the invocation of something sacred. Be careful not to confuse "adjure" with abjure, meaning "to renounce solemnly" or "to abstain from." Both words are rooted in Latin jurare, meaning "to swear," but "adjure" includes the prefix ad-, meaning "to" or "toward," whereas "abjure" draws on ab-, meaning "from" or "away."

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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