1. To command solemnly.
2. To request earnestly.
From Latin adjurare (to put under oath), from ad- (to) + jurare (to swear), from jus (law). Ultimately from the Indo-European root yewes- (law), which is also the source of jury, judge, just, injury, perjury, conjure, and de jure. Earliest documented use: before 1425.
“If you go to Las Vegas — and so many do — please pay mind to the signs in the park. They don’t adjure you from feeding the pigeons. They forbid feeding the homeless.”
Jacquelyn Mitchard; Please Do Feed the Unsightly Homeless; Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wisconsin); Oct 1, 2006.
“‘Use Absolut,’ he adjures a waiter at the restaurant.” Amanda Vaill; A Story of Reckless Passion and Race; Chicago Tribune; May 25, 2003.
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