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beseech


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beseech  \Be*seech"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Besought};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Beseeching}.]  [OE.  bisechen  biseken  (akin  to  G. 
  besuchen  to  visit);  pref.  be-  +  sechen  seken,  to  seek.  See 
  {Seek}.] 
  1.  To  ask  or  entreat  with  urgency;  to  supplicate;  to  implore. 
 
  I  beseech  you  punish  me  not  with  your  hard 
  thoughts.  --Shak. 
 
  But  Eve  .  .  .  besought  his  peace.  --Milton. 
 
  Syn:  To  beg;  to  crave. 
 
  Usage:  {To  Beseech},  {Entreat},  {Solicit},  {Implore}, 
  {Supplicate}.  These  words  agree  in  marking  that  sense 
  of  want  which  leads  men  to  beg  some  favor.  To  solicit 
  is  to  make  a  request,  with  some  degree  of  earnestness 
  and  repetition,  of  one  whom  we  address  as  a  superior. 
  To  entreat  implies  greater  urgency,  usually  enforced 
  by  adducing  reasons  or  arguments.  To  beseech  is  still 
  stronger,  and  belongs  rather  to  the  language  of  poetry 
  and  imagination.  To  implore  denotes  increased  fervor 
  of  entreaty,  as  addressed  either  to  equals  or 
  superiors.  To  supplicate  expresses  the  extreme  of 
  entreaty,  and  usually  implies  a  state  of  deep 
  humiliation.  Thus  a  captive  supplicates  a  conqueror 
  to  spare  his  life.  Men  solicit  by  virtue  of  their 
  interest  with  another;  they  entreat  in  the  use  of 
  reasoning  and  strong  representations;  they  beseech 
  with  importunate  earnestness;  they  implore  from  a 
  sense  of  overwhelming  distress;  they  supplicate  with  a 
  feeling  of  the  most  absolute  inferiority  and 
  dependence. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beseech  \Be*seech"\,  n. 
  Solicitation;  supplication.  [Obs.  or  Poetic]  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  beseech 
  v  :  ask  for  or  request  earnestly;  "The  prophet  bid  all  people  to 
  become  good  persons"  [syn:  {bid},  {entreat},  {adjure},  {press}] 




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