One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To entreat (a person) earnestly; to implore, beseech, supplicate; to beg (a thing).
Late 16th century. From classical Latin obsecrāt-, past participial stem of obsecrāre to beseech, entreat, implore from ob- + sacrāre to make sacred, hence lit. ‘to beseech in the name or for the sake of something sacred’.
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