ad·​jure | \ ə-ˈju̇r How to pronounce adjure (audio) \
adjured; adjuring

Definition of adjure

transitive verb

1 : to command solemnly under or as if under oath or penalty of a curse
2 : to urge or advise earnestly

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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

What is the Difference Between adjure,entreat, importune, And implore?

Adjure and its synonyms entreat, importune, and implore all mean "to ask earnestly." Adjure implies advising as well as pleading, and is often accompanied by the invocation of something sacred ("in God's name, I adjure you to cease"). Entreat implies an effort to persuade or overcome resistance ("he gently entreated her to stay"). Importune goes further, adding a sense of annoying persistence in trying to break down resistance to a request ("importuning viewers for contributions"). Implore, on the other hand, suggests a great urgency or anguished appeal on the part of the speaker ("she implored the king to have mercy").

Examples of adjure in a Sentence

He adjured his followers to remain faithful to the cause. adjured them not to break the drug laws of any of the countries they would be visiting
Recent Examples on the Web Despite the song’s topic, the music is joyful, light, as Carlito adjures Maya in Lingala, the language of Kinshasa and its environs: Listen to a voice calling you in the middle of the night. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, 26 June 2019 And Congress is adjured by the Fourteenth Amendment to enforce it against the states. WSJ, 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of adjure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adjure

Middle English adjuren, borrowed from Anglo-French ajurer, borrowed from Latin adjūrāre "to affirm with an oath, swear," from ad- ad- + jūrāre "to swear" — more at jury entry 1

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“Adjure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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: to urge or command (someone) to do something

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