Adjure Definition

adjured, adjures, adjuring
adjured, adjures, adjuring
To command or enjoin solemnly, as under oath.
American Heritage
To command or charge solemnly, often under oath or penalty.
Webster's New World
To appeal to or entreat earnestly.
American Heritage
To entreat solemnly; appeal to earnestly.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World Law

Origin of Adjure

  • Middle English adjuren from Latin adiūrāre to swear to ad- ad- iūrāre to swear yewes- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary

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