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 The company's impeachment ad, which ran last week, wasn't the blunt-force entreaty of most political ads. oregonlive, "Spice company Penzeys spent more money on impeachment ads on Facebook than anyone not named Trump," 9 Oct. 2019 Despite entreaties from the candidates running for president, the Democratic National Committee announced new higher thresholds needed to qualify for the debate stage in Iowa in January. NBC News, "DNC raises qualification thresholds again for January debate," 20 Dec. 2019 At the time, Hampton shared texts with the Tribune that detailed a relentless series of entreaties from Kevin Quinn to go out with him. Ray Long, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-campaign worker settles federal lawsuit with House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political committees over sexual harassment claims against top staffer," 29 Nov. 2019 Hickenlooper last year brushed off entreaties from Washington Democrats to challenge Gardner, widely seen as the most vulnerable Republican senator in the country. Nicholas Riccardi, Fortune, "Ex-Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Says He’s Running for Senate," 22 Aug. 2019 But China pulled the plug on the announcement after EU officials refused Chinese entreaties on trade, particularly regarding Beijing’s bid to be recognized by Europe as a market economy. Eva Dou, WSJ, "China Cozies Up to EU as Trade Spat With U.S. Escalates," 16 July 2018 But after an entreaty from one motorist, the activists began allowing vehicles to pass through. James Osborne, Houston Chronicle, "Climate protests shut down streets in DC," 23 Sep. 2019 For its part, in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, Screen Gems made Mr. Fogerty an entreaty: Come see the movie! Wesley Morris, New York Times, "‘Proud Mary’ has a ‘Proud Mary’ Problem," 19 Jan. 2018 Their entreaties have so far largely fallen on deaf ears. Alex Webb | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Liverpool vs. Everton Is a Match Made for Amazon," 3 Dec. 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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20 Jan 2020

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“Entreaty.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entreaty. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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How to pronounce entreaty (audio)

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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a feeling of well-being or elation

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