Definition of special-plead in US English:

special-plead

verb

  • 1with object To use special pleading towards (a person, etc.), or in defence of (an argument, etc.). Now rare.

  • 2no object To use special pleading or sophistical argument.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Law Executors & Administrators. From special + plead, after special pleading.

Pronunciation

special-plead

/ˌspɛʃlˈpliːd/