en·​treaty | \ in-ˈtrē-tē How to pronounce entreaty (audio) , en-\
plural entreaties

Definition of entreaty

: an act of entreating : plea

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Examples of entreaty in a Sentence

our entreaties to give us another few minutes to answer the test questions fell on deaf ears

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But despite my best efforts, my mother was unimpressed by the possibilities of a personal computer in the house, and my entreaties to buy one fell on deaf ears. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "First encounter: Ohio Challenger 2P (and its 4KB of RAM)," 2 Sep. 2019 Since the breakdown of the Hanoi summit between Trump and Kim in February, however, North Korea has largely turned a cold shoulder to the South’s entreaties. Victoria Kim, latimes.com, "Trump to arrive in Seoul as South Korea finds itself in a tough spot with North Korea," 28 June 2019 But the entreaties around Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood felt particularly odd. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Quentin Tarantino’s historical revisionism makes his movies better suited for the future," 1 Aug. 2019 Many of McAdams’ colleagues were unmoved by such entreaties. Marc A. Thiessen, The Mercury News, "Thiessen: Mueller’s testimony is good news for Trump and Pelosi," 25 July 2019 Some girls paint their faces in clownish makeup and sing, following the entreaties of Piper (Basso), who grows into a powerful, charismatic cult leader of sorts. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Ladyworld’ with Maya Hawke,’ plus Bud doc ‘Kings of Beer,’ ‘Consequences’ and ‘Moop’," 1 Aug. 2019 Mueller explained in detail how Russia sought to help Trump win the 2016 election, how his campaign did not reject the entreaties and how the president instructed others to lie and falsify records in efforts to thwart the probe. Author: Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "‘A very good day’: Trump and allies claim victory in Mueller’s performance," 25 July 2019 The Thinking Machine was created by an American writer named Jacques Futrelle who died at 37 on the Titanic after pushing his wife onto a lifeboat and declining her entreaties to join her. Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: R.I.P., laptop. Like me, you were old and out of it, but you stubbornly soldiered on.," 13 June 2019 The racial definitions of slavery required white Southerners to resist that entreaty every day. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of entreaty

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of entreaty was circa 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of entreaty

formal : a serious request for something


en·​treaty | \ in-ˈtrē-tē How to pronounce entreaty (audio) \
plural entreaties

Kids Definition of entreaty

: a serious and urgent request

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