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an earnest request; entreaty.
a solemn or desperate urging or counseling:
an adjuration for all citizens of the beleaguered city to take shelter.
Historical Examples

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).


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