conjure

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v conjure engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together "They conspired to overthrow the government"
    • v conjure ask for or request earnestly "The prophet bid all people to become good persons"
    • v conjure summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic "raise the specter of unemployment","he conjured wild birds in the air","call down the spirits from the mountain"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Conjure To affect or effect by conjuration; to call forth or send away by magic arts; to excite or alter, as if by magic or by the aid of supernatural powers. "The habitation which your prophet . . . conjured the devil into."
    • v. t Conjure kŏn*jūr" To call on or summon by a sacred name or in solemn manner; to implore earnestly; to adjure. "I conjure you, let him know,
      Whate'er was done against him, Cato did it."
    • v. i Conjure To combine together by an oath; to conspire; to confederate. "Drew after him the third part of Heaven's sons Conjured against the Highest."
    • v. i Conjure To practice magical arts; to use the tricks of a conjurer; to juggle; to charm. "She conjures ; away with her."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • conjure (kon-jör′ ). To swear together; band together under oath; conspire; plot.
    • conjure (kun′ jėr). To practise the arts of a conjurer; use arts to engage, or as if to engage, the aid of supernatural agents or elements in performing some extraordinary act.
    • conjure (kon-jör′ ). To call on or summon by a sacred name or in a solemn manner; implore with solemnity; adjure; solemnly entreat.
    • conjure (kun′ jėr). To affect or effect by magic or enchantment; procure or bring about by practising the arts of a conjurer.
    • conjure (kun′ jėr). To call or raise up or bring into existence by conjuring, or as if by conjuring: with up: as, to conjure up a phantom.
    • conjure Synonyms See list under adjure.
    • conjure To charm, enchant.
    • n conjure Conjuration; enchantment.
    • conjure To exorcise or ‘lay’; quiet; allay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Conjure kun′jėr and kon-jōōr′ (con′jure, generally of the art of legerdemain, &c.; conjure′, of actions treated as religious or solemn), to practise magical arts: to make an invocation:
    • v.t Conjure to call on or summon by a sacred name or in a solemn manner: to implore earnestly: to compel (a spirit) by incantations: to enchant: to raise up or frame needlessly; to effect by jugglery:—pr.p. con′juring; pa.p. con′jured
    • v.i Conjure (obs.) to conspire
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Quotations

  • Charles Dickens
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    “Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. conjurer, fr. L. conjurare, to swear together, to conspire; con-, + jurare, to swear. See Jury
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. con, together, and jurāre, to swear.

Usage

In literature:

We never can conjure up a complete likeness.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
Old folks used to conjure folks when dey got mad at 'em.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Then she began to conjure up all sorts of horrors.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
Behind her you conjure up flat horizons, slow-turning wind-mills, little red-and-green houses in which the inmates seem to play at living.
"The Choice of Life" by Georgette Leblanc
Before, his name had been one to conjure with; thenceforth it was to have no terrors.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
The mention of Rabelais conjures up one of those extremely rare instances where a translation constitutes as great a classic as the original work.
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
On the evening of the following day I drove up to the monastery and there found Rasputin at dinner with the ex-conjurer Rouchine.
"The Minister of Evil" by William Le Queux
It was a lie of the conjurers, if they said anything of the kind.
"Oowikapun" by Egerton Ryerson Young
GOD MORE POWERFUL THAN THE CONJURER.
"On the Indian Trail" by Egerton Ryerson Young
Jena, Gottingen and Heidelberg became names to conjure with.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
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In poetry:

An hazy circlet on his head he wore,
Like that which sometimes does the moon surround;
A vapory wand within his hand he bore,
And conjur'd thick'ning shadows from the ground.
"Fog" by Charlotte Dacre
Not son?--I pray thee, Nathan,
Conjure thee by the strongest bonds of nature,
Prefer not those of later date, the weaker. -
Be it enough to thee to be a man!
Push me not from thee!
"Nathan The Wise - Act III" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
This weird is of the tongue of Khem,
The Conjuration used of them.
Whoso shall speak it, let him die,
His bowels rotting inwardly,
Save he uncover and caress
The God that lighteth his liesse.
"The Twins" by Aleister Crowley
And in the white gods of a new land we have been believers
believing in the mercy of our masters and the beauty of
our brothers, believing in the conjure of the humble
and the faithful and the pure.
"We Have Been Believers" by Margaret Walker
But, how to upraise him? - one shouts, t'other whistles,
While Jenky, the Conjurer, wisest of all,
Declar'd that an "over-production of thistles" —
(Here Ned gave a stare) — "was the cause of his fall."
"The Donkey and His Panniers" by Thomas Moore
This said, he turn'd about his steed,
And eftsoons on th' adventure rid; Where leave we him and RALPH a while,
And to the Conjurer turn our stile,
To let our reader understand
What's useful of him before-hand.
"Hudibras: Part 2 - Canto III" by Samuel Butler

In news:

The president has gone and said the conjuring words, "executive privilege," thereby presuming to do something once that the previous president did four times in a month back in 2007.
I n Shakespeare's Tempest, the magician Prospero conjures up a storm that shipwrecks his enemies on the island where they marooned him years ago.
Hear Norwegian composer/drummer Erland Dahlen conjure dark experimental soundscapes mostly based around his Slingerland Rolling Bomber drum kit from World War II.
Trumpeter/vocalist Byron Stripling would have been the perfect choice for a Louis Armstrong celebration, as he can conjure up the spirit of Satchmo as well as anyone, while still maintaining his own identity.
Chicken With Plums conjures painful sweetness in the life and death of an Iranian violinist.
The menu will be comfortingly familiar to those for whom 'going out for Indian' still conjures images of lamb curry and chicken tikka masala.
Within minutes, you can conjure up Keith Emerson's laser-beam synth riffs or Bernie Worrell's P-Funk-era sawtooth tones.
Who is the scariest woman you can conjure.
The mere name conjures images of sloppy science, poor oversight of medicine and consumer betrayal.
Charanghat has a blues gumbo repertoire that can conjure up the ghosts of Highway 61 and the delta blues experience.
Bubble Robots Conjured From Thin Air .
How AT&T and T-Mobile conjured 4G networks out of thin air .
Emily Dickinson's poems also conjure associations with food.
Isleworth Mona Lisa conjures new art world mystery.
Return to Salt Lake City conjures fond memories for Jacque Vaughn.
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In science:

It is clear from the previous proof that one can conjure up an apparently similar environment with substantially different recurrence properties.
Recurrence for persistent random walks in two dimensions
The Conjure system was introduced in prototype form by Frisch et al. .
Conjure Revisited: Towards Automated Constraint Modelling
This paper describes a new approach to the implementation of Conjure, with a much greater coverage of the Essence language and fewer limitations on the rewrite rules such as the requirement of the IJCAI prototype to flatten an Essence specification before applying the rewrite rules.
Conjure Revisited: Towards Automated Constraint Modelling
The Conjure system, first presented in prototype form in , employs a system of rewrite rules to refine Essence specifications into constraint models in Essence(cid:48) , a language derived from Essence mainly by removing facilities for abstraction and adding facilities common to existing constraint solvers and toolkits.
Conjure Revisited: Towards Automated Constraint Modelling
The new version of Conjure presented herein operates in the same way.
Conjure Revisited: Towards Automated Constraint Modelling
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