Definition of adjure
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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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
What is the Difference Between adjure,entreat, importune, And implore?
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."
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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