An author places himself uncalled before the tribunal of criticism, and solicits fame at the hazard of disgrace.
Through the first the world daily solicits our appetite with its food and drink.
Is not this a serious reason—that I despise the person who now solicits my love, honor and obedience?
What is to be done with Egesippus who solicits some employment?
The crew of wretched souls who waited the kings touch really believed that he solicits Heaven.
But none of them solicits me to stop until the Palazzo Braschi comes into view.
She, being persuaded by the serpent, solicits her husband to eat of a fruit forbidden by God himself.
Does it not, then, justify the man who solicits me in his means of getting money?
She subsists on the chance contributions of the charitable; but she solicits nothing,—and, indeed, is seldom seen.
As soon as he recovers from his confusion he solicits the interposition of his neighbour.
early 15c., "to disturb, trouble," from Middle French soliciter (14c.), from Latin sollicitare "to disturb, rouse, trouble, harass; stimulate, provoke," from sollicitus "agitated," from sollus "whole, entire" + citus "aroused," past participle of ciere "shake, excite, set in motion" (see cite). Related: Solicited; soliciting.
Meaning "entreat, petition" is from 1520s. Meaning "to further (business affairs)" evolved mid-15c. from Middle French sense of "manage affairs." The sexual sense (often in reference to prostitutes) is attested from 1710, probably from a merger of the business sense and an earlier sense of "to court or beg the favor of" (a woman), attested from 1590s.