V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to order somebody to do something, especially under oath; 2. to make a serious appeal to somebody

Synonyms: command, beseech, plead, entreat, beg, order, implore

Antonyms: deny, refuse

Tips: Adjure is derived from the Latin adjurare, "to swear." The essential meaning of adjure is to order or ask, but in a very serious manner, as though you are under oath. For a memory trick, think, "ask a juror," because a judge will often adjure a jury to do something. See also: beseech and implore. Note: Do not confuse adjure with abjure, which means "to renounce" or "to repudiate."

Usage Examples:

The witness was adjured to tell the truth or be convicted of perjury. (ordered, implored)

Edna was adjured not to change her will when she remarried. (beseeched, implored)

The jurors were adjured by the judge not to allow the inadmissible evidence to sway them. (ordered, asked)

Please give me one more chance--I adjure you! (beg, entreat)

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