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implore

[im-plawr, -plohr] /ɪmˈplɔr, -ˈploʊr/
verb (used with object), implored, imploring.
1.
to beg urgently or piteously, as for aid or mercy; beseech; entreat:
They implored him to go.
2.
to beg urgently or piteously for (aid, mercy, pardon, etc.):
implore forgiveness.
verb (used without object), implored, imploring.
3.
to make urgent or piteous supplication.
Origin of implore
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin implōrāre, equivalent to im- im-1 + plōrāre to lament
Related forms
implorable, adjective
imploration, noun
imploratory
[im-plawr-uh-tawr-ee, -plohr-uh-tohr-ee] /ɪmˈplɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˈploʊr əˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
implorer, noun
imploringly, adverb
imploringness, noun
unimplorable, adjective
unimplored, adjective
Synonyms
2. crave, beg, solicit.
Antonyms
2. spurn, reject.
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Examples from the Web for imploring
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  • The dog, lying by his side, seemed to look at me with sad, imploring eyes.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • They were tragic, those following, imploring eyes, but they were not wet.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • "Give me your hand at parting," she said in an imploring tone.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Moore's had been imploring in its assertiveness, the desire to convince.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Olivia cast a most imploring look on her aunt, and was silent.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • She rose to her feet and stretched her arms with an imploring gesture.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
British Dictionary definitions for imploring

implore

/ɪmˈplɔː/
verb (transitive)
1.
to beg or ask (someone) earnestly (to do something); plead with; beseech
2.
to ask earnestly or piteously for; supplicate; beg: to implore someone's mercy
Derived Forms
imploration, noun
imploratory, adjective
implorer, noun
imploringly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin implōrāre, from im- + plōrāre to bewail
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Word Origin and History for imploring

implore

v.

c.1500, from Middle French implorer and directly from Latin implorare "call for help, beseech," originally "invoke with weeping," from assimilated form of in- "on, upon" (see in- (2)) + plorare "to weep, cry out." Related: Implored; imploring; imploringly.

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