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CONJURATION. A swearing together. It signifies a plot, bargain, or compact made by a number of persons under oath, to do some public harm. In times of ignorance, this word was used to signify the personal conference which some persons were supposed to have had with the devil, or some evil spirit, to know any secret, or effect any purpose.

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When a woodpecker comes and pecks a hole in Sandy's arm, Tenie uses conjure to get a sparrow hawk to guard the tree.
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