from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An earnest request or petition.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Treatment; entertainment; reception.
  • noun Urgent prayer; earnest petition; pressing solicitation; supplication.
  • noun Synonyms Request, Appeal, etc. (see prayer), solicitation, importunity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Treatment; reception; entertainment.
  • noun The act of entreating or beseeching; urgent prayer; earnest petition; pressing solicitation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of entreating or beseeching; urgent prayer; earnest petition; pressing solicitation.
  • noun archaic A treatment; reception; entertainment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun earnest or urgent request


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  • Obeying this impulse, and also a look of entreaty from the Curé, she affixed her own signature as witness to the document, and this despite the fact that both the Marquise and her son threw her a look of hate which might have made a weaker spirit tremble with foreboding.

    Lady Molly of Scotland Yard 1912

  • Please, please don't, dear cuckoo, she exclaimed, dancing about with her hands clasped in entreaty, but her eyes still firmly closed.

    The Cuckoo Clock 1893

  • But O Mesdemoiselles, 'she continued, clasping her hands in entreaty,' you do not know how I should like to come down into your garden and play with you, or at least, 'as she suddenly recollected that such tall young ladies were rather past the age for mere' playing, '' walk about and talk with you.

    The Tapestry Room: A Child's Romance 1893

  • I clasped my hands in entreaty, and Uncle Geoff had such a funny look in his eyes that I quite stared at him.

    The Boys and I: A Child's Story for Children 1883

  • The irony of "The Beggarwoman of Locarno" may be that language is never certain to answer its own entreaty, which is to say that the word Fall can never be as good as its name and become one case of falling, one Fall des Falls, among others.

    Reading, Begging, Paul de Man 2005

  • However, Merv ignores the entreaty, which is held in front of his face, and heads downstairs.

    'S Wonderful, 'S Mervelous! Tyrnauer, Matt 1998

  • At first she thought the hoarse plea had tumbled from her own lips, giving substance to her fears, but as Gerard's powerful hands used all the gentleness at their disposal to coax her knees apart, she realized the entreaty was his own, offered without a trace of apology.

    Thief Of Hearts Medeiros, Teresa 1994

  • There was a note in his voice which couldn't be called entreaty, but was far from a direct orderand I was accustomed only to orders.

    Hot Money Francis, Dick 1987

  • The entreaty was the entreaty of a child, a frightened, bewildered child.

    The Iron Woman Margaret Wade Campbell Deland 1901

  • "Oh, no, Master Mott, don't do that, I beg and pray of you," said nurse, all but wringing her hands in entreaty.

    "Carrots": Just a Little Boy 1882


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