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adjuration

[aj-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌædʒ əˈreɪ ʃən/
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
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin adjūrātiōn- (stem of adjūrātiō), equivalent to adjūrāt(us), past participle of adjūrāre to adjure + -ion- -ion
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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.
Word Origin and History for adjuration
n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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adjuration in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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