Definition of adjure
1 : to command solemnly under or as if under oath or penalty of a curse
2 : to urge or advise earnestly
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>
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
ADJURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of adjure for English Language Learners
: to urge or command (someone) to do something
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