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to charge or command earnestly, often under the threat of a penalty; to entreat solemnly: to adjure the witness to tell the truth
Not to be confused with:
abjure – repudiate, recant, or retract; to renounce under oath, forswear: abjure allegiance; abjure a confession
tr.v. ad·jured, ad·jur·ing, ad·jures
1. To command or enjoin solemnly, as under oath: "adjuring her in the name of God to declare the truth" (Increase Mather).
2. To appeal to or entreat earnestly.
[Middle English adjuren, from Latin adiūrāre, to swear to : ad-, ad- + iūrāre, to swear; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.]
ad·jur′er, ad·ju′ror n.
1. to command, often by exacting an oath; charge
2. to appeal earnestly to
[C14: from Latin adjūrāre to swear to, from ad- to + jūrāre to swear, from jūs oath]
adˈjurer, adˈjuror n
v.t. -jured, -jur•ing.
1. to charge, bind, or command earnestly and solemnly, often under oath or the threat of a penalty.
2. to entreat or request earnestly or solemnly.
ad•ju•ra•tion (ˌædʒ ʊˈreɪ ʃən) n.
ad•jur′a•to`ry (-ˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
ad•jur′er, ad•ju′ror, n.
Past participle: adjured
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|Verb||1.||adjure - ask for or request earnestly; "The prophet bid all people to become good persons"|
plead - appeal or request earnestly; "I pleaded with him to stop"
|2.||adjure - command solemnly|