from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To command or enjoin solemnly, as under oath: "adjuring her in the name of God to declare the truth” ( Increase Mather).
- transitive v. To appeal to or entreat earnestly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To issue a formal command, especially in a legal context.
- v. To earnestly appeal or advise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To charge, bind, or command, solemnly, as if under oath, or under the penalty of a curse; to appeal to in the most solemn or impressive manner; to entreat earnestly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To charge, bind, or command, earnestly and solemnly, often with an appeal to God or the invocation of a curse in case of disobedience; hence, to entreat or request earnestly: as, “I adjure thee by the living God,” Mat. xxvi. 63; his friend adjured him to be careful.
- To swear by: as, to adjure the holy name of God.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. ask for or request earnestly
- v. command solemnly
Middle English adjuren, from Latin adiūrāre, to swear to : ad-, ad- + iūrāre, to swear; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin adiūrō ("beg earnestly"), from ad- ("near, at; towards, to")' + iūrō ("swear by oath"). (Wiktionary)