Revised as of 13 October 2017
Actually, it was the rhythm of the words abjure and adjure that caught my eye, or ear, as the case may be.
It’s quite unlikely that a writer would confuse these two words, as they’re quite unlikely to use them! There are so many simpler ways to renounce or urge.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: abjure|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb, transitive||Verb, transitive|
|[Formal] Solemnly renounce a belief, cause, or claim||[Formal] Urge or request someone solemnly or earnestly to do something
|It was his refusal to abjure the Catholic faith that led to his death.
The crook was forced to abjure the realm.
“Haqqani invests great hope that a decision by Pakistan’s military to abjure politics may correct these trends” (David Frum, Pakistan, Between Mosque and Military ).
To persuade Iran to abjure weapons, the United States will have to make some kind of deal.
|I adjure you to tell me the truth.
Jeffrey had to adjure himself to keep awake to the difficulties he alone had made.
The magistrate adjured the witness to tell the truth frankly.
|Adjective: abjuratory, nonabjuratory, unabjuratory, unabjured
Noun: abjuration, abjurer
Noun: adjuration, adjurer, adjuror
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English from the Latin abjurare, from ab- (away) + jurare (swear).||Late Middle English, in the sense of put a person on oath from the Latin adjurare, from ad- (to) + jurare (swear) from jus or jur- meaning oath.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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Renouncing the Official Seal from “Scenes from the Life of Tao Yuanming” by Chen Hongshou is in the public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.