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  • v. Present participle of importune.
  • n. The act by which somebody is importuned; pleading harassment.


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  • According to the court transcript, there was no "importuning" of anyone coming or leaving the funeral.

    Jim Lichtman: Only About the Law? Part II

  • It seems to me madness is a kind of importuning, a clutching at the sleeve.

    New (To Me) Author « So Many Books

  • "To the last hour of the existence of several who appeared to be conspicuous actors in the drama, they were pressingly importuned to make further confessions," -- this "importuning" being more clearly defined in a letter of Mr. Ferguson, owner of two of the slaves, as "having them severely corrected."

    Black Rebellion Five Slave Revolts

  • Bond for Joseph P. P.cella, 37, was set at $500,000 Tuesday at a hearing in Coshocton Municipal Court on a charge of importuning, meaning solicitation to engage in sexual activity with a person less than 13 years of age, which is a third-degree felony. - Local News

  • This is the vortex the occupiers seek to fill, and they won't do it with Naomi Klein's grating piffle; nor by importuning the SEC.

    Conrad Black: My Manifesto For the Occupy Movement

  • Reporters at his heels, importuning him, goading him, trying to steal his secrets, wandering in the Rose Garden, craning their necks to catch a glimpse of him behind his office drapes, with his feet on his desk and his tie loosened.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • Answer: Any nonspeech activity like stalking, importuning, being confrontational could indeed justify a damage suit.

    High Court Struggles With Military Funerals Case

  • It is a melancholy object to those who Google, twitter or travel in the world, when they see in the United States the presidency, corporate boards, Congress, and investment banks crowded with the male sex followed by three, four, or six ex-wives -- all in suits and importuning every deity for an alms.

    Cynthia Dill: A Modern Proposal: Sexting for Working Women

  • The tobacco lobby is a bunch of business people with aligned interests importuning politicians in Washington.

    Matthew Yglesias » Wieseltier vs Sullivan

  • Her route is prayer; even as a religious festival goes on in the streets, she is putting on a shawl and joining the processions, importuning Our Lord of Miracles - and eventually taking matters into her own hands.

    Marshall Fine: HuffPost Review: Octubre


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