beseeching

adjective

be·​seech·​ing bi-ˈsē-chiŋ How to pronounce beseeching (audio)
bē-
: expressing or marked by earnest pleading or entreaty
The wretched young man arose, and with a last beseeching glance at us walked from the room.Arthur Conan Doyle
beseechingly adverb
The children wept, and Nana ran to him beseechingly, but he waved her back. J. M. Barrie

Examples of beseeching in a Sentence

a beseeching letter from his parents asking him to bring the grandchildren for a long overdue visit
Recent Examples on the Web The same beseeching gaze gets complicated by a character like Dre—at once naïve and ruthless, in control yet entirely lost. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1704, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beseeching was in 1704

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“Beseeching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beseeching. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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