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noun, plural en·treat·ies.
  1. earnest request or petition; supplication.
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Origin of entreaty

First recorded in 1515–25; entreat + -y3


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Historical Examples

  • "Hear me," he went on, in an agony of entreaty mingled with something like anger.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • She then went away, at her friend's entreaty, after emptying her purse in my nurse's hands.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Her entreaty was so earnest, that the boy had not the heart to stay there.

  • That was my mother's position, and neither argument nor entreaty could move her from it.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The words were those of entreaty, but the voice was that of authority.

British Dictionary definitions for entreaty


noun plural -treaties
  1. an earnest request or petition; supplication; plea
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Word Origin and History for entreaty


mid-15c., "treatment, negotiation;" see entreat + -y (1). Meaning "earnest request" is from 1570s. Related: Entreaties.

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