an earnest request; entreaty.
a solemn or desperate urging or counseling:
an adjuration for all citizens of the beleaguered city to take shelter.
Again the little speech about the new owners of Longueval, and again the adjuration to remember them in their prayers.
L’Abbe Constantin, Complete Ludovic Halevy
For instance, in the adjuration of Achilles by the staff or sceptre.
Studies on Homer and the Homeric Age, Vol. 1 of 3 W. E. Gladstone
Florence turned at Edgar’s adjuration, and he saw, by the moonlight, two great tear-drops dimming her starry eyes.
Eventide Effie Afton
I asked the spirit some questions, and then pronounced the adjuration.
The Other World; or, Glimpses of the Supernatural (Vol. II of II) Various
Then the driver changed the relationship, with an access of tenderness in voice and in adjuration.
Lippincott’s Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 99, March, 1876 Various
But this time, too, her adjuration failed to awaken an echo.
The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
A thrill ran through the long line of men, and Fred heard his follower utter a low, adjuration to his unwilling steed.
Crown and Sceptre George Manville Fenn
But only the rippling voice of the burn answered my adjuration.
Bye-Ways Robert Smythe Hichens
The object of their adjuration sat down upon a rush-bottomed chair and rubbed his chin.
Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
The second is the adjuration of the devils by the virtue of Divine names.
Witch, Warlock, and Magician William Henry Davenport Adams
late 14c., “exorcism,” from Late Latin adjurationem (nominative adjuratio) “a swearing to,” noun of action from past participle stem of adjurare (see adjure). Originally a term in exorcism (with conjuration). General sense is from 17c.
a solemn appeal whereby one person imposes on another the obligation of speaking or acting as if under an oath (1 Sam. 14:24; Josh. 6:26; 1 Kings 22:16). We have in the New Testament a striking example of this (Matt. 26:63; Mark 5:7), where the high priest calls upon Christ to avow his true character. It would seem that in such a case the person so adjured could not refuse to give an answer. The word “adjure”, i.e., cause to swear is used with reference to the casting out of demons (Acts 19:13).
to charge, bind, or command earnestly and solemnly, often under oath or the threat of a penalty. to entreat or request earnestly or solemnly. Contemporary Examples With courage or common sense, or both, governors and state legislatures can adjure measures like the Arizona bill. How ‘Religious Freedom’ Is Hurting Everyone’s Freedom Robert Shrum March 4, […]
to change (something) so that it fits, corresponds, or conforms; adapt; accommodate: to adjust expenses to income. to put in good working order; regulate; bring to a proper state or position: to adjust an instrument. to settle or bring to a satisfactory state, so that parties are agreed in the result: to adjust our differences. […]
the act of ; adaptation to a particular condition, position, or purpose. the state of being ; orderly relation of parts or elements. a device, as a knob or lever, for : the adjustments on a television set. the act of bringing something into conformity with external requirements: the adjustment of one’s view of reality. […]
the quality of being adjustable: a reclining chair with infinite adjustability. the ability, especially of a child, to to new surroundings; adaptability: to observe the child’s adjustability to her foster home. Historical Examples Its powers of adjustability seemed to fail before the strange and bewildering scene. All Around the Moon Jules Verne We have as […]