One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person's orders or command.‘they had assembled at his behest’‘the slaughter of the male children at the behest of Herod’
instruction, bidding, request, requirement, wish, desireView synonyms
- ‘The items were sold at the behest of his descendants and fetched much more than the auctioneers had bargained for.’
- ‘He was merely rebalancing his portfolio, at the behest of his financial adviser.’
- ‘To say what was done was done at the behest of officials is totally incorrect.’
- ‘The early European navigators and explorers mostly undertook their voyages at the behest of kings in search of wealth.’
- ‘Even if people switch their votes from party to party, election by election it does not follow that they do so at the behest of their daily paper.’
Old English behǣs ‘a vow’, from a Germanic base meaning ‘bid’; related to hight.
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