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verb (used with object), be·sought or be·seeched, be·seech·ing.
  1. to implore urgently: They besought him to go at once.
  2. to beg eagerly for; solicit.
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verb (used without object), be·sought or be·seeched, be·seech·ing.
  1. to make urgent appeal: Earnestly did I beseech, but to no avail.
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Origin of beseech

before 1100; Middle English bisechen, Old English besēcan. See be-, seek
Related formsbe·seech·er, nounbe·seech·ing·ly, adverbbe·seech·ing·ness, nounun·be·seech·ing, adjectiveun·be·seech·ing·ly, adverb


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1. pray, petition, supplicate, adjure. 1, 2. entreat, importune.
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Examples from the Web for beseechingly

Historical Examples

  • She looked so beseechingly at us, and so like my own little Cordelia, by God!

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • "Nay, but have mercy on me, have mercy on me," cried 'Becca beseechingly.

  • And now she looked at him beseechingly, as if to beg him only not to scorn her gift.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • She rouses and listens, then the little hand creeps into his beseechingly.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • "Tell me about it," said the girl, beseechingly, and her breath came short and hot.

    The Doomsman

    Van Tassel Sutphen

British Dictionary definitions for beseechingly


verb -seeches, -seeching, -sought or -seeched
  1. (tr) to ask (someone) earnestly (to do something or for something); beg
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Derived Formsbeseecher, nounbeseeching, adjectivebeseechingly, adverb

Word Origin

C12: see be-, seek; related to Old Frisian besēka
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Word Origin and History for beseechingly



late 12c., bisecen "to beseech, beg urgently," from be- + Middle English secen "to seek" (see seek). German cognate besuchen is merely "to visit." Related: Besought; beseeching.

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