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
Recent Examples on the Web Obama's entreaty toward Ginsburg in 2013, when the Senate was still in Democratic hands, might have anticipated those Senate difficulties ahead. Joan Biskupic, CNN, "The art of persuasion: How past presidents have tried to nudge Supreme Court justices off the bench," 15 Apr. 2021 Ginsburg did not respond to Hirono's entreaty directly, only replying that with Kavanaugh on the court, there would be more 5-4 decisions than before. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Mazie Hirono told Ruth Bader Ginsburg to 'live forever' after Kavanaugh confirmation," 3 Apr. 2021 Such secrecy was the direct result of a direct royal entreaty from the king to the chief constable of Suffolk, an unparalleled usage, and some might even say abuse, of royal powers. Alexander Larman, Town & Country, "Revealed: New Revelations From Wallis Simpson's Scandalous Divorce Hearing," 19 Jan. 2021 Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer immediately rejected the entreaty, saying the state and local relief is sought by many Republicans, too, including some conservatives like Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Mitt Romney of Utah. Andrew Taylor, Anchorage Daily News, "New White House offer adds $600 checks to COVID-19 relief," 9 Dec. 2020 Abbott Hovhannisyan exclaimed, referring to the guard, who had apparently ignored his entreaty. New York Times, "After War Between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Peace Sees Winners and Losers Swap Places," 15 Nov. 2020 This is key to understanding how Gaye’s entreaty opposes today’s inflammatory, anarchic rhetoric. Armond White, National Review, "Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On Is a Political Decoy," 30 Sep. 2020 But his entreaty was largely ignored and the slugfest of mocking taunts and interruptions continued. NBC News, "'Clown,' 'Racist,' 'You're not smart': First presidential debate devolves into name-calling slug fest," 30 Sep. 2020 Biden said, making a personal entreaty to the president. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Biden says schools would be open if Trump and his administration had "done their jobs"," 2 Sep. 2020

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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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“Entreaty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entreaty. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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