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

  • adjective Troublesomely urgent or persistent in requesting; pressingly entreating.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Troublesomely solicitous or pressing; vexatiously persistent; pertinacious.
  • Troublesome; vexatious.

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

  • adjective Troublesomely urgent; unreasonably solicitous; overpressing in request or demand; urgent; teasing.
  • adjective rare Hard to be borne; unendurable.

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  • verb rare To importune, or to obtain by importunity.
  • adjective Of a demand: persistent or pressing, often annoyingly so.
  • adjective Of a person: given to importunate demands, selfishly or thoughtlessly demanding.

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  • adjective expressing earnest entreaty


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From French importuner ("to bother, disturb")

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From Latin importune +‎ -ate


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  • But I explained, in my purest Tuscan, that I was not of the ordinary kind of importunate tourist.

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  • But I explained, in my purest Tuscan, that I was not of the ordinary kind of importunate tourist.

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  • The word "importunate" has the signification of a wearisome repetition of a request, a constant asking, impossible to satisfy.

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  • 'importunate' in asking again for my two Sophocles Abstracts, you must know that such importunity cannot but be grateful.

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  • So much of success is pure dumb luck and/or being super-hot and/or having an importunate sister, as you have so eloquently described here.

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  • These dreary folk, echoes of the dead past and importunate and self-elected pall-bearers for the present and future, proxy-livers of life and vicarious sensualists that they are in a eunuch sort of way, insist, since their own selves, environments, and narrow agitations of the quick are mediocre and commonplace, that no man or woman can rise above the mediocre and commonplace.


  • Initially, Wordsworth was supposed to be transferring his importunate family to England, but instead he dodged all responsibility and transferred his idealized love to his sister, Dorothy, who alone of all his family still seemed to admire and adore him.

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  • This time, however, it's Americans who're the importunate immigrants.

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  • Consistent doses of hip-hop have been replaced by methodical dances and importunate hooks that stay in your head long after you've turned the radio off.

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  • I love this poor, sad country dearly but, as some importunate fellows might be eager to point out, our cuisine is not exactly one of our strong points.

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  • "expressing earnest entreaty"

    -an alliterative definition

    November 15, 2007

  • she now dreaded

    each night the importunate mauve-capped swollen member.

    - Peter Reading, Carte Postale, from Diplopic, 1983

    June 30, 2008