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beseech

[bih-seech] /bɪˈsitʃ/
verb (used with object), besought or beseeched, beseeching.
1.
to implore urgently:
They besought him to go at once.
2.
to beg eagerly for; solicit.
verb (used without object), besought or beseeched, beseeching.
3.
to make urgent appeal:
Earnestly did I beseech, but to no avail.
Origin of beseech
1100
before 1100; Middle English bisechen, Old English besēcan. See be-, seek
Related forms
beseecher, noun
beseechingly, adverb
beseechingness, noun
unbeseeching, adjective
unbeseechingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. pray, petition, supplicate, adjure. 1, 2. entreat, importune.
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Examples from the Web for beseechingly
Historical Examples
  • She looked so beseechingly at us, and so like my own little Cordelia, by God!

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • "Nay, but have mercy on me, have mercy on me," cried 'Becca beseechingly.

  • And now she looked at him beseechingly, as if to beg him only not to scorn her gift.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • She rouses and listens, then the little hand creeps into his beseechingly.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • "Tell me about it," said the girl, beseechingly, and her breath came short and hot.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • As she approached, Madeleine opened her blue eyes and gazed at her beseechingly.

    The Light of Scarthey

    Egerton Castle
  • The children wept, and Nana ran to him beseechingly, but he waved her back.

    Peter and Wendy James Matthew Barrie
  • "Please do, dear Santa Claus," implored the little maid, beseechingly.

    The Road to Oz L. Frank Baum
  • Madge looked at him beseechingly just before they arrived at their skiff.

    Madge Morton's Victory Amy D.V. Chalmers
  • The man was speaking violently, then beseechingly, to the stranger, who was in uniform.

British Dictionary definitions for beseechingly

beseech

/bɪˈsiːtʃ/
verb -seeches, -seeching, -sought, -seeched
1.
(transitive) to ask (someone) earnestly (to do something or for something); beg
Derived Forms
beseecher, noun
beseeching, adjective
beseechingly, adverb
Word Origin
C12: see be-, seek; related to Old Frisian besēka
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Word Origin and History for beseechingly

beseech

v.

late 12c., bisecen "to beseech, beg urgently," from be- + Middle English secen "to seek" (see seek). German cognate besuchen is merely "to visit." Related: Besought; beseeching.

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