abjure, adjure

These "look-alikes" are often confused but can be kept straight by concentrating on their prefixes. Ab-, a formal element occurring in loan words from Latin, means "away from." Abjure suggests putting aside, renouncing, repudiating, giving up. Ad- means "toward"; adjure means "to direct a charge or command to or toward someone." "'The man without a country, ' Philip Nolan, abjured allegiance to the United States." "The minister adjured us to stop stealing and swearing."

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  • adjure — abjure, adjure Abjure means ‘to renounce on oath’ • (He had abjured, he thought, all superstitions Iris Murdoch, 1985) and to abjure one s country (or realm) is to swear to abandon it for ever. It is also used in the weakened sense ‘to renounce’… …   Modern English usage

  • abjure — abjure, adjure Abjure means ‘to renounce on oath’ • (He had abjured, he thought, all superstitions Iris Murdoch, 1985) and to abjure one s country (or realm) is to swear to abandon it for ever. It is also used in the weakened sense ‘to renounce’… …   Modern English usage

  • adjure — See abjure. See abjure, adjure …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • abjure — See abjure, adjure …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • yewes- — Law. 1. jural, jurist, jury1; abjure, adjure, conjure, injury, juridical, jurisconsult, jurisdiction, jurisprudence, nonjuror …   Universalium

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  • swear — Synonyms and related words: abjure, abuse, acknowledge, adjure, administer an oath, affirm, agree, allege, and candle, assert, assert under oath, asseverate, assure, attest, aver, avoid, avouch, avow, bear witness, believe in, blaspheme, book,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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