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  3. Insist
  4. Pronounce
  5. Shout

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Conjure could be, with some semantic magic. –  Matt E. Эллен May 26 '11 at 12:01

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If you look up abjure in a dictionary, you will find:

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

The two most likely antonyms are insist and affirm. But affirm's is closer:

confirm: establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

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The opposite of abjure is objure. Per the OED:

Etymology: classical Latin obiūrāre to bind by an oath < ob- prefix + iūrāre to swear (see jurant adj. and n.). Compare Middle French objurer (1460 as oubjurer).

  1. trans. To bind by or charge under oath; to urge.

    • 1609 R. Cawdrey Table Alph., ― Obiure, binde by oath.
    • 1993 Irish Times (Nexis) 9 Feb. 17 — We are objured, in our so-called freedom of monetary exchange, to be patriotic.
  2. intr. To utter an oath, to curse. Obs.

    • 1830 Fraser’s Mag. II. 178 ― As the people only laughed at him, he cried the··more vehemently; nay, at last, began objuring, foaming, imprecating.

It is not particularly common.

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