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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for entreaty
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  • "Hear me," he went on, in an agony of entreaty mingled with something like anger.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • She then went away, at her friend's entreaty, after emptying her purse in my nurse's hands.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Her entreaty was so earnest, that the boy had not the heart to stay there.

  • That was my mother's position, and neither argument nor entreaty could move her from it.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The words were those of entreaty, but the voice was that of authority.

  • What you must read unmoved by the pity too far for entreaty.

    Poems William D. Howells
  • His level glance met Sir Richard's in earnestness and entreaty.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • It was an entreaty that she might be permitted to come and see me.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • Protesting that I had strong reasons to believe so, I renewed my entreaty.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • How could I resist a request, perhaps an entreaty, from her?

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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