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adjure as in:  I adjure you

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  • I adjured her, in the name of all that is sacred, not to leave.   (source)
    adjured = asked earnestly
    editor's notes: Adjure is seldom used today, but not uncommon in classic literature.
  • "Once and for all," said the prisoner, "I adjure you to set me free."   (source)
    adjure = appeal earnestly or command solemnly
  • "Let the cursed and hellish monster drink deep of agony; let him feel the despair that now torments me." I had begun my adjuration with solemnity and an awe which almost assured me that the shades of my murdered friends heard and approved my devotion, but the furies possessed me as I concluded, and rage choked my utterance.   (source)
    adjuration = earnest appeal
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adjure as in:  I adjure all allegiance

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  • I renounce and adjure allegiance to the King.
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  • He looked to be adjuring him to read something writ there but there was nothing to see save the dents and dings occasioned by the ten thousand meals eaten off it.†   (source)
  • Only," and in spite of myself I could not restrain the adjuration, "make damn' sure you cook them well!"†   (source)
  • I trust we shall...I adjure you to regard the contract once made to harmonize and preserve this Union.†   (source)
  • In front of a small dingy-looking shop with its shutters now closed stood a harassed-looking young policeman who was stolidly adjuring the crowd to "pass along there."†   (source)
  • He seems to see them, endless, without order, empty, symbolical, bleak, skypointed not with ecstasy or passion but in adjuration, threat, and doom.†   (source)
  • They alone were deaf to that persistent voice, now grumbling, now patronizing, now domineering, now grieved, now shocked, now angry, now avuncular, that voice which cannot let women alone, but must be at them, like some too-conscientious governess, adjuring them, like Sir Egerton Brydges, to be refined; dragging even into the criticism of poetry criticism of sex; [*1] admonishing them, if they would be good and win, as I suppose, some shiny prize, to keep within certain limits which the gentleman in question thinks suitable—'....female novelists should only aspire to excellence by courageously acknowledging the limitations of their sex'.†   (source)
  • Even the air seemed still to excrete that monotonous voice as of someone talking in a dream, talking, adjuring, arguing with a Presence who could not even make a phantom indentation in an actual rug.†   (source)
  • These mighty adjurations were as silver and gold plates set in a wall of dross.†   (source)
  • It was plain enough that Mr. Jarndyce had not been neglectful of the adjuration.†   (source)
  • Let us adjure him, in the name of the God before whom he must perhaps appear, to speak the truth.†   (source)
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  • Jean Valjean resumed: "Have no fear, Monsieur Pontmercy, I adjure you.†   (source)
    O Sibyl excellent, enough of adjuration!†   (source)
  • No such adjuration entered Mr. Dorrit's head.†   (source)
  • —Joseph!" said Mr. Pumblechook, in the way of a compassionate adjuration.†   (source)
  • With this hurried adjuration, he cocked his blunderbuss, and stood on the offensive.†   (source)
  • 'Dear Frederick,' said Mr Dorrit, 'do, I adjure you!†   (source)
  • 'Oh, Tattycoram, Tattycoram!' cried Mr Meagles, adjuring her besides with an earnest hand.†   (source)
  • That was the burden of her lament; and her last adjuration to her daughter was to escape from dinginess if she could.†   (source)
  • I adjure you, do not recall that!†   (source)
  • Raffles denied this with solemn adjurations; the fact being that the links of consciousness were interrupted in him, and that his minute terror-stricken narrative to Caleb Garth had been delivered under a set of visionary impulses which had dropped back into darkness.†   (source)
  • They followed, and I stepped at once out of the box-door into my bedroom, where only Steerforth was with me, helping me to undress, and where I was by turns telling him that Agnes was my sister, and adjuring him to bring the corkscrew, that I might open another bottle of wine.†   (source)
  • In spite of his repugnance to address the guards, Dantes turned to the nearest gendarme, and taking his hand,— "Comrade," said he, "I adjure you, as a Christian and a soldier, to tell me where we are going.†   (source)
  • He made no reply to this adjuration; only plodding doggedly down the wooden steps, and halting, before an apartment which, from that halt and the superior quality of its furniture, I conjectured to be the best one.†   (source)
  • The landlord, under the habitual sense that he was bound to keep his house open to all company, and confident in the protection of his unbroken neutrality, at last took on himself the task of adjuring the ghost.†   (source)
    He is a friend of mine, with whom it will agree,
    And he deserves thy kitchen's best potation:
    Come, draw thy circle, speak thine adjuration,
    And fill thy goblet full and free!†   (source)
  • After two or three such adjurations, Jo lifts up his head again, looks round the court again, and says in a low voice, "Well, I'll tell you something.†   (source)
  • Will vented those adjuring interjections which imply that admiration is too strong for syntax; and Naumann said in a tone of piteous regret— "Ah—now—if I could but have had more—but you have other engagements—I could not ask it—or even to come again to-morrow."†   (source)
  • Mr. Bounderby, under the influence of this difficult adjuration, backed up by her compassionate eye, could only scratch his head in a feeble and ridiculous manner, and afterwards assert himself at a distance, by being heard to bully the small fry of business all the morning.†   (source)
  • Hearing this adjuration, Mr Squeers, who had been lingering in the passage until such time as it should be expedient for him to enter and he could appear with effect, was fain to present himself in a somewhat undignified and sneaking way; at which John Browdie laughed with such keen and heartfelt delight, that even Kate, in all the pain, anxiety, and surprise of the scene, and though the tears were in her eyes, felt a disposition to join him.†   (source)
  • But they have something to say, likewise, of the Harmonic Meeting at the Sol's Arms, where the sound of the piano through the partly opened windows jingles out into the court, and where Little Swills, after keeping the lovers of harmony in a roar like a very Yorick, may now be heard taking the gruff line in a concerted piece and sentimentally adjuring his friends and patrons to "Listen, listen, listen, tew the wa-ter fall!"†   (source)
  • Affery, who had been trembling and struggling the whole time, turned a deaf ear to all adjuration, and was bent on forcing herself out of the closet.†   (source)
  • Supposing Mistress Affery to have any power of election at the moment, her choice was decidedly to be choked; for she answered not a syllable to this adjuration, but, with her bare head wagging violently backwards and forwards, resigned herself to her punishment.†   (source)
  • The visitor, observing that she held the door on the inside, and that, when the uncle tried to open it, there was a sharp adjuration of 'Don't, stupid!' and an appearance of loose stocking and flannel, concluded that the young lady was in an undress.†   (source)
  • Between rock 'n' roll tunes on the radio, the disc jockey constantly adjured motorists to stay off the main highways and under no conditions to go into the mountains, because many roads were impassable and all of them were dangerous.†   (source)
    editor's notes: Adjure is seldom used today, but not uncommon in classic literature.
  • CHAPUYS (Almost sure the fish is hooked, leaning forward but playing it cool) We are adjured by St. Paul to don the arms of God when the occasion warrants.†   (source)
  • Mammy was greatly perturbed that Ellen's daughter should display such traits and frequently adjured her to "ack lak a lil lady.†   (source)
  • OH, LILY, DO GO SLOWLY," her friend adjured her.†   (source)
  • Thus adjured, Carley did her best under adverse circumstances.†   (source)
  • Thus adjured, Topsy confessed to the ribbon and gloves, with woful protestations of penitence.†   (source)
  • the sole fragment which he would allow, in spite of himself, to pass his lips, out of the numberless other fragments of that complete reconstruction of her daily life which he carried secretly in his mind, he led her to suppose that he was perfectly informed upon matters, which, in reality, he neither knew nor suspected, for if he often adjured Odette never to swerve from or make alteration of the truth, that was only, whether he realised it or no, in order that Odette should tell him everything that she did.†   (source)
  • Tell me!" he adjured her.†   (source)
  • I adjured him to write by the first post and to agree with us for an early hearing; then I asked him if the experience in question had been his own.†   (source)
  • Thus adjured, Lily turned her eyes on the spectacle which was affording Mr. Dorset such legitimate mirth.†   (source)
  • Kissing her again, he turned round, drew the coverlet over his head, and lay as still as if that time had come by which she had adjured him.†   (source)
  • Thus adjured, Mr Noggs took, from an old trunk, a sheet of paper, which appeared to have been scrawled over in great haste; and after sundry extraordinary demonstrations of reluctance, delivered himself in the following terms.†   (source)
  • William, though he saw by Amelia's looks that a great crisis had come, nevertheless continued to implore Sedley, in the most energetic terms, to beware of Rebecca; and he eagerly, almost frantically, adjured Jos not to receive her.†   (source)
  • He need not have adjured me to keep up my spirits, which were as high as possible; though the strangeness and excitement of the happy and quiet life which I saw everywhere around me was, it is true, a little wearing off, yet a deep content, as different as possible from languid acquiescence, was taking its place, and I was, as it were, really newborn.†   (source)
  • I called to Herbert and Startop to keep before the tide, that she might see us lying by for her, and I adjured Provis to sit quite still, wrapped in his cloak.†   (source)
  • The short boy had gained a great advantage over the tall boy, who was reduced to mortal strait, and both were overlooked by a large heavy man, perched against the corner of a table, who emphatically adjured them to strike a little more fire out of the swords, and they couldn't fail to bring the house down, on the very first night.†   (source)
  • Next to her preservation of his own last grateful love and blessing, and her overcoming of her sorrow, to devote herself to their dear child, he adjured her, as they would meet in Heaven, to comfort her father.†   (source)
  • Here a waiter who had been rubbing his hands in excessive enjoyment of the scene, so long as only the breaking of heads was in question, adjured the spectators with great earnestness to fetch the police, declaring that otherwise murder would be surely done, and that he was responsible for all the glass and china on the premises.†   (source)
  • "If I have not," pursues Sir Leicester, "in the most emphatic manner, adjured you, officer, to exercise your utmost skill in this atrocious case, I particularly desire to take the present opportunity of rectifying any omission I may have made.†   (source)
  • This touched Young Jerry on a tender place; who adjured his mother to perform her first duty, and, whatever else she did or neglected, above all things to lay especial stress on the discharge of that maternal function so affectingly and delicately indicated by his other parent.†   (source)
  • 'Be as rich as you can, sir,' Pancks adjured him with a powerful concentration of all his energies on the advice.†   (source)
  • "Adjured in that way," replied the duenna, "I cannot help answering the question and telling the whole truth.†   (source)
  • I adjure thee, tell me who Say, was it father, mother?†   (source)
  • JOCASTA Let me too, I adjure thee, know, O king, What cause has stirred this unrelenting wrath.†   (source)
  • Young Pallas, when he saw the chief advance Within due distance of his flying lance, Prepares to charge him first, resolv'd to try If fortune would his want of force supply; And thus to Heav'n and Hercules address'd: "Alcides, once on earth Evander's guest, His son adjures you by those holy rites, That hospitable board, those genial nights; Assist my great attempt to gain this prize, And let proud Turnus view, with dying eyes, His ravish'd spoils."†   (source)
  • Since thou has bared thy^fell intent to us I, loving thee, and helping in their need Man's laws, adjure thee, dream not of this deed !†   (source)
  • "And I, whose welfare in my father lies," Ascanius adds, "by the great deities, By my dear country, by my household gods, By hoary Vesta's rites and dark abodes, Adjure you both, (on you my fortune stands; That and my faith I plight into your hands,) Make me but happy in his safe return, Whose wanted presence I can only mourn; Your common gift shall two large goblets be Of silver, wrought with curious imagery, And high emboss'd, which, when old Priam reign'd, My conqu'ring sire at sack'd Arisba gain'd; And more, two tripods cast in antic mold, With two great talents of the finest gold; Beside a costly bowl, ingrav'd with art, Which Dido gave, when first she gave her heart.†   (source)
  • O, I adjure you, hide me anywhere Far from this land, or slay me straight, or cast me Down to the depths of ocean out of sight.†   (source)
  • But now the queen, who fear'd for Turnus' life, And loath'd the hard conditions of the strife, Held him by force; and, dying in his death, In these sad accents gave her sorrow breath: "O Turnus, I adjure thee by these tears, And whate'er price Amata's honor bears Within thy breast, since thou art all my hope, My sickly mind's repose, my sinking age's prop; Since on the safety of thy life alone Depends Latinus, and the Latian throne: Refuse me not this one, this only pray'r, To waive the combat, and pursue the war.†   (source)
  • JOCASTA Believe him, I adjure thee, Oedipus, First for his solemn oath's sake, then for mine, And for thine elders' sake who wait on thee.†   (source)
  • TEIRESIAS Thy words, O king, are wide of the mark, and I For fear lest I too trip like thee... OEDIPUS Oh speak, Withhold not, I adjure thee, if thou know'st, Thy knowledge.†   (source)
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