Word of the day: abjure vs. adjure


In “The Careful Writer,” Theodore Bernstein discusses the difference between similar sounding words. But I don’t even recognize some of the words he writes about!

When I came across “abjure, adjure,” I read the entry and then discovered the definitions. Abjure means to renounce. Adjure means to command. A fun mnemonic device Bernstein uses is remembering “b” for “banish” and “d” for “direct.”

Published by Emilee Lindner

I’m a writer, cat fancier and lover of all things autumn.

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