- The definition of adjure means to firmly tell someone to do something or to strongly ask someone to do something.
- When a mother orders a child to go to his room now, that is an example of adjure.
- To plead with someone is an example of adjure.
transitive verbad·jured, ad·jur·ing, ad·jures
- To command or enjoin solemnly, as under oath: “adjuring her in the name of God to declare the truth” (Increase Mather).
- To appeal to or entreat earnestly.
Origin of adjureMiddle 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
(third-person singular simple present adjures, present participle adjuring, simple past and past participle adjured)
- To issue a formal command, especially in a legal context.
- Someone adjured the editor to cease posting silly articles.
- To earnestly appeal or advise.
- Party members are adjured to promote awareness of this problem.
From Latin adiūrō (“beg earnestly”), from ad- (“near, at; towards, to”)' + iūrō (“swear by oath”).
adjure - Legal Definition
- To earnestly and solemnly bind, charge, or command. Frequently, persons who are adjured are placed under oath or a threat of penalty. For example, juries are adjured to consider only the evidence presented at trial as they attempt to reach a verdict in an action.
- To earnestly and solemnly entreat or request.