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[en-tree-tee] /ɛnˈtri ti/
noun, plural entreaties.
earnest request or petition; supplication.
Origin of entreaty
First recorded in 1515-25; entreat + -y3
appeal, suit, plea, solicitation. Unabridged
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  • It is always pleasant to do on entreaty what we might be driven to do unasked.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • It sought to free itself, but he was strong in his entreaty, and detained it.

    A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
  • A motion of prohibition that had in it none of the grace of entreaty, checked his formula.

    Jessamine Marion Harland
  • The entreaty in the eyes almost melted him, but he said no more.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • In hers there was tenderness, expostulation, entreaty; in his some shade of mingled horror and regret.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • Through my entreaty you decided to leave with me for Vienna.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • He raised himself, and stretched out his arms towards her with a gesture of entreaty.

    Temporal Power Marie Corelli
  • Your advice and your entreaty are what were to be expected from a kind, good father.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • His voice is wonderfully steady, but there is always the same searching look of entreaty on his face.

    Airy Fairy Lilian Margaret Wolfe Hamilton (AKA Duchess)
  • He looked at Rita, and met her eyes fixed on him in a mute anguish of entreaty.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for entreaty


noun (pl) -treaties
an earnest request or petition; supplication; plea
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for entreaty

mid-15c., "treatment, negotiation;" see entreat + -y (1). Meaning "earnest request" is from 1570s. Related: Entreaties.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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