adjuration

[aj-uh-rey-shuhn]
noun
1.
an earnest request; entreaty.
2.
a solemn or desperate urging or counseling: an adjuration for all citizens of the beleaguered city to take shelter.

Origin:
1605–15; < Latin adjūrātiōn- (stem of adjūrātiō), equivalent to adjūrāt(us), past participle of adjūrāre to adjure + -ion- -ion

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adjure (əˈdʒʊə)
 
vb
1.  to command, often by exacting an oath; charge
2.  to appeal earnestly to
 
[C14: from Latin adjūrāre to swear to, from ad- to + jūrāre to swear, from jūs oath]
 
adjuration
 
n
 
ad'juratory
 
adj
 
ad'jurer
 
n
 
ad'juror
 
n

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adjuration
late 14c., from L. adjurationem (nom. adjuratio), noun of action from adjuratus, pp. of adjurare (see adjure). Originally a term in exorcism (with conjuration). General sense is from 17c.
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Adjuration definition


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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After a short adjuration to the flag, for which he declared his devotion, he called upon all to kneel and swear with him.
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