adjure

The verb adjure is a heavy-duty synonym of the word "ask," with more of a demanding tone. For example, you might have to adjure someone to tell the truth.

You get a strong sense of the word adjure when you realize that the jure part is similar to "jury." Both come from the Latin jūrāre "swear," which in turn comes from jūs, jūr- "law" (as in justice and jurist). In 14th-century Middle English, the word suggested someone affirming something by swearing with an oath. So adjure means to command solemnly, as in "She adjured him to present the events precisely as he witnessed them."

Definitions of adjure
  1. verb
    command solemnly
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    type of:
    burden, charge, saddle
    impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to
  2. verb
    ask for or request earnestly
    synonyms: beseech, bid, conjure, entreat, press
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    type of:
    plead
    appeal or request earnestly
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