Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Oaths and Curses

But not profanity!

A word we could use nearly everyday, really. We don't think of it that way, but people often say "Promise me that..." I don't know about threatening them with curses though.

adjure, v.

1. To put (one) to his oath; ‘to impose an oath upon another, prescribing the form in which he shall swear,’ J.; to bind under the penalty of a curse. Obs.

2. To charge or entreat (any one) solemnly or earnestly, as if under oath, or under the penalty of a curse. Const. inf. or subord. clause.