One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he had pleaded with her to stay’
beg, entreat, beseech, implore, appeal to, petition, supplicate, importune, pray to, request, ask earnestly, call on, adjure
apply to, solicit
2‘his accomplice pleaded ignorance’
claim, use as an excuse, assert, allege
argue, state, present, put forward
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