Definition of entreaty in English:


nounPlural entreaties

  • An earnest or humble request.

    ‘the king turned a deaf ear to his entreaties’
    • ‘His entreaty is hard to swallow, given the biographical kernels in all of his plays, but easy to take, given the unguarded, imploring nature of his gaze.’
    • ‘More importantly, the Asian financial crisis sent property prices into a tailspin, and the government has largely resisted entreaties to bail people out.’
    • ‘The initial July 1999 request yielded 68 contracts; an assortment of entreaties has the number up to 249 responses.’
    • ‘And she mostly steadfastly ignores my shouted commands, my entreaties and panting demands to be set free when the siren songs call me again.’
    • ‘Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication?’
    • ‘And I'm bound to say that my entreaties did not fall on deaf ears.’
    • ‘Only after their entreaty failed did they arrest him.’
    • ‘Education, of all kinds, is a personal entreaty.’
    • ‘But the entreaties of her earlier prayers echoed in her head.’
    • ‘And everywhere, like clouds heavy with whispered entreaties, prayers float over the craggy hills and valleys of Jerusalem.’
    • ‘What is important is that we hold a conscious intention for the wellbeing of another, whether it's an entreaty to God or a loving feeling.’
    • ‘Early last year I made an entreaty for the digitization of several great LPs, mostly from the 80s, that still hadn't made it to CD for whatever reason.’
    • ‘He was steadfast in his devotion, firm in his beliefs, and constant in his prayerful entreaties.’
    • ‘There was a helpless entreaty in his voice, as though he were afraid that she might see him and retrace her steps.’
    • ‘I am powerless before the scented entreaties of an aesthetic appeal!’
    • ‘Unmoved by a chorus of anguished cries, the Biltmore crew calmly rounded up the glasses, tallied the tabs and shrugged off entreaties for special dispensation.’
    • ‘The parliamentary party left the session in high spirits, with their leader's entreaties ringing in their ears.’
    plea, appeal, request, petition, cry from the heart
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘treatment, management’; formerly also as intreaty): from entreat, on the pattern of treaty.