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Adjuration

A swearing; taking an oath to be truthful.

To adjure is to command solemnly, warning that penalties may be invoked.

adjuration

noun affirmation, attestation, averment, avouchment, avowal, avowance, declaration, legal pledge, oath, pledge, solemn avowal, swearing, sworn statement, testimony, vouching, vow
See also: affirmance, appeal, asseveration, assurance, attestation, averment, avouchment, call, charge, claim, entreaty, oath, petition, requirement

ADJURATION. The act by which one person solemnly charges another to tell or swear to the truth. Wolff. Inst. Sec. 374.

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will be addressed in terms of the desperate witches in the Golden Ass whose conduct chiefly their formation of temporary strategies for the adjuration of unscrupulous demons reflect a striking degree of comparison to the motivations of a community of practitioners whose interests were focused on the abstract proposition of the concrete proportions of natural magic of whom reference is ostensibly made in the most celebrated exposition of divination, De Mysteries (6).
107) It is "simply an adjuration to the decision maker to make an honest and intelligent judgment after having given due consideration to all the information the parties provide.
This fearless plunge into exact figures marks Norris's focus on domestic economy throughout; she is not speaking in abstractions, and much of her advice about love, money, sex, and housekeeping might be summed up as an adjuration to "sweat the small stuff.
Krishna's poetic adjuration to Arjuna to fight--the enabling myth
Once objects of adjuration, the twins were invoked with the oath "By Gemini," which eventually evolved into "By Jiminy.
In another, it offers an allegory of Ellis's or Patmore's adjuration to women to exercise a selfless devotion to others.
In the context in which the adjuration "Look homeward Angel," appears in "Lycidas," Milton is concerned with redirecting his angel, Saint Michael, from his wonted task of guarding Albion from the Spanish soldiers, the Jesuits, and the militant Catholicism of the Armada, which has long ago received its well-deserved reward (in 1588; it is now 1637).
5), Douglas-Fairhurst traces the line to the ghost's adjuration in Act I of Hamlet that "duller shouldst thou be than the fat weed / That roots itself in ease on Lethe wharf, / Wouldst thou not stir in this" (quoted in Douglas-Fairhurst, p.
However, there is no anthropomorphizing of nature in Ran--nothing like Lear's adjuration to "blow, winds, and crack your cheeks" (3.
The manager looked up into the cheap balcony seats from which this aberrant adjuration emanated and responded, "But the man is geshtorben--dead, dead, dead.
The reference neutralizes the very essence of prayer as supplication and displaces adjuration with desperate exhaustion.
The poem has three phrases: the first, a deadly calm opening of five lines; the second, an explanation, a regret, and a reiteration of the first stanza in the next four lines; the third, a passionate adjuration in vivid metaphor, a poignant appeal that is at once a blessing and a curse.