from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An earnest, solemn appeal.
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- n. A grave warning
- n. A solemn oath
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of adjuring; a solemn charging on oath, or under the penalty of a curse; an earnest appeal.
- n. The form of oath or appeal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of adjuring; a solemn charging on oath, or under the penalty of a curse; hence, an earnest appeal or question.
- n. A solemn oath.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a solemn and earnest appeal to someone to do something
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As to the second kind of adjuration, which is by compulsion, we may lawfully use it for some purposes, and not for others.
This is the kind of adjuration used in the exorcisms of the Church, whereby the power of the demons is expelled from an irrational creature.
The other kind of adjuration is by way of compulsion: and, seemingly, neither is it lawful to use this towards them, because we have not the power to command irrational creatures, but only He of
But superiors may bind their inferiors by this kind of adjuration, if there be need for it.
Nevertheless a good many modern critics accept the "adjuration" with the utmost gravity as the secret rite of an obscure and very early sect of Judaizers.
"adjuration" of Cthulhu, and references to Kadath, Leng, and other names found only in Lovecraft's stories.
"calling God down on any one", Job, xxxi, 30, hence in margin of R.V. "adjuration", in Sept. ara, or horkos.
Apparently if a curse was spoken audibly (compare Lev 5: 1, “audible curse”; NRSV, “public adjuration”), it constituted a conditional rather than an absolute imprecation: it allowed the guilty party to come forth and make restitution (in the case of theft).
And in the end, of course, Obama speaks of King and takes up the adjuration of the "young preacher from Georgia" to march forward and not to turn back.
Unheard amidst this war-trumpeting was the go-slow adjuration of another of the Great Churchill's grandsons, Nicholas Soames, who was and is a Member of Parliament.