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A swearing; taking an oath to be truthful.

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

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(In all cases harshness is an unnecessary perversion of the gift of authority.) Because these epistles adjure obedience not only by wives but by slaves (or, as we might interpret today, employees and students) as well as by citizens to government and by children to parents, it may be that this was to counteract the kinds of misinterpretation of the gospel we have often seen, as if it abolished all temporal hierarchies.
So, I adjure American Handgunner to continue to publish -- dare I say expand -- your coverage of discontinued models, whether or not they are considered "classic."
Will Zinn adjure the American left to renounce its romantic attachment to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, whose members surely believed a war in defense of Spanish loyalists was both just and necessary?
The theories of interaction distinguish the Ego from the `other' but at the same time, in order to adjure power, they propose a consensual domain where this distinction could disappear.
We urge the OECD to maintain its position on this critical point and adjure other member countries (including the United States) to follow suit.
"I adjure the mice taken in this place, that you do me no injury yourself, nor suffer another to do it; for I give you the ground [the field or area]; but if I again take you on this spot I take the Mother of Gods to witness I will divide you into seven parts."
"I adjure you not to waste your time on Manilius," he told Robert Bridges.
I adjure you by God, do not torment me!" 8(He had been saying to him, "Unclean spirit, come out of the man!") He asked him, "What is your name?" He replied, "Legion is my name.
Comedians adjure you to buy defense bonds; romantic heroes, fluttering their eyelashes, urge you to die for the British empire.
In both novels, we find catachrestic versions of the damaged child that adjure readers to relate to that which exceeds discourse and which the text therefore cannot signify.
I adjure you, great bird of rivers That you may hear my words And accept my incantation
said unto (jesus), I adjure thee by the living God that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God." And each time that question is put to him, Jesus answers in the affirmative.