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Tuesday, July 20

Adjure

[ə-DJUR]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Middle English, late 14th century

1.

Urge or request (someone) solemnly or earnestly to do something.

Examples of Adjure in a sentence

"She adjured the jury to carefully consider the evidence."

"The pastor adjured his congregation to donate to those in need."

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About Adjure

This word stems from late Middle English via the Latin “adjurare,” from “ad-” meaning “to” plus “jurare” “swear” (from jus, jur- ‘oath’).

Did you Know?

“Adjure” could easily be mistaken for “abjure” because they sound similar. Both have the same Latin root, “jurare,” but to abjure something is to renounce it solemnly or abstain from it.

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