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Her moral outlook enjoins her to treat every person with dignity.
  to command someone to do (or not do) something
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  • Her moral outlook enjoins her to treat every person with dignity.
  • Environmentalist seek to enjoin the drilling on the grounds that it is unnecessary and dangerous.
  • Church canons generally enjoin baptizing an infant unless at least one of the parents will raise the child in the Catholic faith.
  • Why had he enjoined me, too, to secrecy?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre

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  • But to the married I enjoin, not *I*, but the Lord, Let not wife be separated from husband;
    I Corinthians 7:10
  • Josiah Graves answered that he was the first to recognize the dignity of the church, but this was a matter of politics, and in his turn he reminded the Vicar that their Blessed Saviour had enjoined upon them to render unto Caesar the things that were Caesar’s.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • "One thing, thou that wast my wife, I would enjoin upon thee," continued the scholar.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I feared the vengeance of the disappointed fiend, yet I was unable to overcome my repugnance to the task which was enjoined me.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Why had he enjoined me, too, to secrecy?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Of the three precepts of Freemasonry Pierre realized that he did not fulfill the one which enjoined every Mason to set an example of moral life, and that of the seven virtues he lacked two—morality and the love of death.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • And I answered as was enjoined on me; whereat the spirit quite twisted his feet.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Almost instantly a female head was put out at the window, with two fingers placed upon her mouth, either to enjoin silence or to send him a kiss.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • As regards the generality of mankind it is; but not for you, my dear viscount, who are one of my most intimate friends, and on whose silence I feel I may rely, if I consider it necessary to enjoin it—may I not do so?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But the swineherd calmly stood near Penelope whispering what her son had bade him tell and what he had enjoined on her.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Was it not that above all, that alone, which he had always desired, which the Bishop had enjoined upon him—to shut the door on his past?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Didst thou not mark with what authority I commanded him, and with what humility he promised to do all I enjoined, specified, and required of him?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The precautions publicly enjoined on your patient, however, soon become a matter of routine and this effect disappears.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • And now your fathers both repeatedly enjoined your duties on you.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • I enjoin you to practice the meditation of peace.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Scarlett winked slyly at Frank and, for all his distress at the bad news he had just heard, he smiled, knowing she was enjoining silence and making him one in a pleasant conspiracy.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • How Sir Bors met with an hermit, and how he was confessed to him, and of his penance enjoined to him.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Nothing could divert them from the regular and faithful performance of the pieties enjoined by the Church.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Not another word did Mr. Dick utter on the subject; but he made a very telegraph of himself for the next half-hour (to the great disturbance of my aunt’s mind), to enjoin inviolable secrecy on me.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • By my soul, nor I: And yet, to satisfy this good old man, I would bend under any heavy weight That he’ll enjoin me to.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • After enjoining me to secrecy (it being an infringement on the powers of the Kings of Portugal and Spain) they told me they had a mind to fit out a ship to go to Guinea, in order to stock the plantation with Negroes, which as they could not be publicly sold, they would divide among them: and if I would go their supercargo in the ship, to manage the trading part, I should have ah equal share of the Negroes, without providing any stock.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Calling Turk, and seriously enjoining obedience, he seated the monkey on his back, securing it there with a cord, and then putting a second string round the dog’s neck that he might lead him, he put a loop of the knot into the comical rider’s hand, saying gravely, ’Having slain the parent, Mr. Turk, you will please to carry the son.’
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Last night she enjoined me to write some lines to one she loves.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • I regarded that as my duty; common sense itself enjoins such a proceeding, though other proprietors do not even dream of it; I am alluding to the sciences, to culture.’
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • He did not think that the Christian law that he had been all his life trying to follow, enjoined on him to forgive and love his enemies; but a glad feeling of love and forgiveness for his enemies filled his heart.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • However, if these good Haudriettes were, for the moment, complying with the statutes of Pierre d’Ailly, they certainly violated with joy those of Michel de Brache, and the Cardinal of Pisa, which so inhumanly enjoined silence upon them.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • "Don’t say anything against my honour!" enjoined Jude hotly, standing up.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The servants were huddled on the platform, enjoined not to stray.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The females were less numerous than the males, and liable to much furtive persecution in spite of the monogamy the Law enjoined.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • He is enjoined to silence and to rest, and they have given him some opiate to lull his pain, for his old enemy is very hard with him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • But we cannot say, that therefore the Church enjoyeth (as the land of Goshen) all the light, which to the performance of the work enjoined us by God, is necessary.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • It enjoins him to be careful, and cut his work into as thin slices as possible, inasmuch as by so doing the business of boiling out the oil is much accelerated, and its quantity considerably increased, besides perhaps improving it in quality.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • At the date when she was officially enjoined to give thanks for the blessings of the year it was her habit to take a mournful though not embittered stock of her world, and wonder what there was to be thankful for.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • What seemed to me to be duty and what the authorities and my superior officers from time to time enjoined upon me was not by any means good.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Not then mistrust, but tender love, enjoins, That I should mind thee oft; and mind thou me.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • And the resolutions, he felt, enjoined "upon their Senators a course of conduct which neither my judgment could approve nor my spirit brook."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • What kind of an injunction was this, anyhow, wherewith Gilbert had enjoined him?
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • He enjoined silence on me with a gesture, and we crept quietly along the nursery wing.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • They were within fifty yards of the barn and Ben Franklin was somewhere in that shadow, shotgun over his knees, enjoined to silence, alert to shoot anything that moved; and they were moving, silhouetted against the star-silvered river.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Dinner over, Hepzibah took her knitting-work,—a long stocking of gray yarn, for her brother’s winter wear,—and with a sigh, and a scowl of affectionate farewell to Clifford, and a gesture enjoining watchfulness on Phoebe, went to take her seat behind the counter.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • And he made me blessed wherever I go, and enjoined upon me that salat prayers and zakat charity, for as long as I live.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • He had found time, nevertheless, to call often in Park Lane, and to despatch many notes to Rebecca, entreating her, enjoining her, commanding her to return to her young pupils in the country, who were now utterly without companionship during their mother’s illness.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • It was strictly enjoined, that the project of starving you by degrees should be kept a secret; but the sentence of putting out your eyes was entered on the books; none dissenting, except Bolgolam the admiral, who, being a creature of the empress, was perpetually instigated by her majesty to insist upon your death, she having borne perpetual malice against you, on account of that infamous and illegal method you took to extinguish the fire in her apartment.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Charles then returned to the consulate with a federal marshal to serve both orders, one ordering the consul general to produce me and the other enjoining the consul general from removing me from the country.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Have I not taken infinite pains to show you, that the law of nature hath enjoined a duty on children to their parents?
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Joseph then placed the flowers as enjoined, and the evergreens around the flowers, till it was difficult to divine what the waggon contained; he smacked his whip, and the rather pleasing funeral car crept down the hill, and along the road to Weatherbury.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
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