implore

[im-plawr, -plohr]
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verb (used with object), im·plored, im·plor·ing.
  1. to beg urgently or piteously, as for aid or mercy; beseech; entreat: They implored him to go.
  2. to beg urgently or piteously for (aid, mercy, pardon, etc.): implore forgiveness.
verb (used without object), im·plored, im·plor·ing.
  1. to make urgent or piteous supplication.

Origin of implore

1530–40; < Latin implōrāre, equivalent to im- im-1 + plōrāre to lament
Related formsim·plor·a·ble, adjectiveim·plo·ra·tion, nounim·plor·a·to·ry [im-plawr-uh-tawr-ee, -plohr-uh-tohr-ee] /ɪmˈplɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˈploʊr əˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveim·plor·er, nounim·plor·ing·ly, adverbim·plor·ing·ness, nounun·im·plor·a·ble, adjectiveun·im·plored, adjective

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Historical Examples of imploration

  • She heard the imploration, and, woman-like, sight of the awful agony extinguished the memory of her wrongs.

  • Will the same tune do as well for a dance as for a prayer, for a moonlight serenade as for an imploration of Divine mercy?

  • Stun their ears, madam, with the suddenness of your imploration, and let the voice come from your heart.

    A Nest of Linnets

    Frank Frankfort Moore

  • Joyce Basil held up her hand in imploration, but Reybold did not heed the woman's remark.

    Tales of the Chesapeake

    George Alfred Townsend


British Dictionary definitions for imploration

implore

verb (tr)
  1. to beg or ask (someone) earnestly (to do something); plead with; beseech
  2. to ask earnestly or piteously for; supplicate; begto implore someone's mercy
Derived Formsimploration, nounimploratory, adjectiveimplorer, nounimploringly, adverb

Word Origin for implore

C16: from Latin implōrāre, from im- + plōrāre to bewail
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Word Origin and History for imploration

implore

v.

c.1500, from Middle French implorer and directly from Latin implorare "call for help, beseech," originally "invoke with weeping," from assimilated form of in- "on, upon" (see in- (2)) + plorare "to weep, cry out." Related: Implored; imploring; imploringly.

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