verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of petition
Synonyms for petition
Examples from the Web for counter-petition
Historical Examples of counter-petition
It concerns the presentation of a counter-petition, or rather, a protest.The Reign of Greed
Only he had out-witted himself in the drawing up of this counter-petition.Boer Politics
The Baptists accordingly circulated a counter-petition, which was signed by ten thousand persons, chiefly freeholders.History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia
A counter-petition was presented; and after full consideration the Board refused the application.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 2 of 2
Edward Tyas Cook
Stanhope put in a counter-petition to the effect that Witherings never had any right to the position which Warwick now claimed.The History of the British Post Office
Joseph Clarence Hemmeon
Word Origin for petition
early 14c., "a supplication or prayer, especially to a deity," from Old French peticion "request, petition" (12c., Modern French pétition) and directly from Latin petitionem (nominative petitio) "a blow, thrust, attack, aim; a seeking, searching," in law "a claim, suit," noun of action from past participle stem of petere "to make for, go to; attack, assail; seek, strive after; ask for, beg, beseech, request; fetch; derive; demand, require," from PIE root *pet-, also *pete- "to rush; to fly" (cf. Sanskrit pattram "wing, feather, leaf," patara- "flying, fleeting;" Hittite pittar "wing;" Greek piptein "to fall," potamos "rushing water," pteryx "wing;" Old English feðer "feather;" Latin penna "feather, wing;" Old Church Slavonic pero "feather;" Old Welsh eterin "bird"). Meaning "formal written request to a superior (earthly)" is attested from early 15c.
c.1600, from petition (n.). Related: Petitioned; petitioning.