Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To command or enjoin solemnly, as under oath.
  • transitive verb To appeal to or entreat earnestly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To issue a formal command, especially in a legal context.
  • verb To earnestly appeal or advise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb ask for or request earnestly
  • verb command solemnly

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English adjuren, from Latin adiūrāre, to swear to : ad-, ad- + iūrāre, to swear; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin adiūrō ("beg earnestly"), from ad- ("near, at; towards, to")' + iūrō ("swear by oath").

Examples

  • Obj. 3: Further, to adjure is to induce a person to swear.

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • God: God alone, 92, 247; in what sense we "adjure" Him in our prayers, 148; by prayer we become His beggars, 79, 110;

    On Prayer and The Contemplative Life

  • The word "adjure", i.e., cause to swear is used with reference to the casting out of demons (Acts 19: 13).

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • You, on the other hand, adjure that my posts are "frothed with more like despair, and dissatisfaction", and are "almost void or lacking the bolstering of support her new found home town direly needs".

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  • You, on the other hand, adjure that my posts are "frothed with more like despair, and dissatisfaction", and are "almost void or lacking the bolstering of support her new found home town direly needs".

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  • You, on the other hand, adjure that my posts are "frothed with more like despair, and dissatisfaction", and are "almost void or lacking the bolstering of support her new found home town direly needs".

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  • You, on the other hand, adjure that my posts are "frothed with more like despair, and dissatisfaction", and are "almost void or lacking the bolstering of support her new found home town direly needs".

    Page 2

  • You, on the other hand, adjure that my posts are "frothed with more like despair, and dissatisfaction", and are "almost void or lacking the bolstering of support her new found home town direly needs".

    Page 2

  • You, on the other hand, adjure that my posts are "frothed with more like despair, and dissatisfaction", and are "almost void or lacking the bolstering of support her new found home town direly needs".

    Page 2

  • You, on the other hand, adjure that my posts are "frothed with more like despair, and dissatisfaction", and are "almost void or lacking the bolstering of support her new found home town direly needs".

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