One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Earnest pleading or supplication.
plea, appeal, request, petition, cry from the heartView synonyms
- ‘An obsecration was, and is, part of all ancient and modern oaths.’
- ‘‘Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,’ he began in obsecration.’
- ‘Well, perhaps not, for it can better be read as the futile obsecration of one pro-Roman faction, losing out to their retro-Celtic foes.’
Late Middle English: from Latin obsecratio(n-), from obsecrare ‘entreat’, based on sacer, sacr- ‘sacred’.
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