entreaty

[ en-tree-tee ]
/ ɛnˈtri ti /

noun, plural en·treat·ies.

earnest request or petition; supplication.

Origin of entreaty

First recorded in 1515–25; entreat + -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for entreaty

entreaty

/ (ɪnˈtriːtɪ) /

noun plural -treaties

an earnest request or petition; supplication; plea
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Word Origin and History for entreaty

entreaty


n.

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

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