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importunity

[im-pawr-too-ni-tee, -tyoo-] /ˌɪm pɔrˈtu nɪ ti, -ˈtyu-/
noun, plural importunities for 2.
1.
the state or quality of being importunate; persistence in solicitation.
2.
importunities, importunate solicitations or demands.
Origin of importunity
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English importunite < Latin importūnitās. See importune, -ity
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  • This is the importunity He teaches, and we must learn: to claim and take the blessing.

  • That was importunity, that would rather die than not have his people given him.

  • In the former you have the importunity that claims and receives an immediate answer.

  • "Supposed to mind their own business," said Hal, exasperated with the man's importunity.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • But he persevered in his request, and wrung from him by his importunity what his deserts could not get.

  • He was moved to action by the desire to escape the woman's importunity.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • Wearied by his importunity, Lady Newburgh at last forbade him the house.

  • He was angry with her importunity and would have answered sternly.

  • Never was seen such patience and importunity as that displayed by boy and beast.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • You will pardon my importunity in favor of the sentiment which dictated it.

    Lafayette

    Martha Foote Crow
Word Origin and History for importunity
n.

early 15c., "persistence, insistence; over-eagerness," from Middle French importunité (14c.), from Latin importunitatem (nominative importunitas) "unsuitableness; unmannerliness, incivility," from importunus "unfit, troublesome" (see importune).

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