verb ad·jure \ə-ˈju̇r\

Definition of adjure




  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

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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 and Etymology of adjure

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

First Known Use: 15th 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 him. 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 to a request importuning viewers for contributions.

ADJURE Defined for English Language Learners


verb ad·jure \ə-ˈju̇r\

Definition of adjure for English Language Learners

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

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