entreaty
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ɪnˈtɹiːti/, /ənˈtɹiːti/, /ɛnˈtɹiːti/
  • (America) IPA: /ɛnˈtɹiːti/, /ɪnˈtɹiːti/, /ənˈtɹiːti/
Noun

entreaty

  1. The act of entreating or beseeching; a strong petition; pressing solicitation; begging.
    • 1779, William Ward, An Essay on Grammar as it may be applied to the English Language, New Edition, page 202 ↗,
      In all commands or entreaties, the ſtate commanded, or entreated, muſt be contingent; i. e. capable of being, or not being, as the command or entreaty expreſſes it.
    • 1964 October, P. F. Strawson, Intention and Convention in Speech Acts, The Philosophical Review, Volume 73, Number 4, page 444 ↗,
      We can readily imagine circumstances in which an utterance of the words "Don't go" would be correctly described not as a request or an order, but as an entreaty.
    • 2002, N. P. Unni, Makers of Indian Literature: Amaruka, Sahitya Akademi, page 32 ↗,
      The entreaties of a lover and the rejection of the heroine lend charm to the stanza.
  2. (archaic) A treatment; reception; entertainment.
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