en·​treaty | \in-ˈtrē-tē, 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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The day after Judge Ostrager issued his decisions in favor of Deason, Keegan made further entreaties in a letter to his Komori. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Paper Jam! How Carl Icahn And a Billionaire Partner Blocked Xerox’s Merger with Fujifilm," 21 May 2018 Though Trump is hardly the first president to have sensitive diplomatic entreaties fall short, his played out in full public view, like a soap opera narrated daily from the Oval Office. Author: Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "White House commitment to summit ended as spontaneously as it began," 25 May 2018 Image In one telling episode, Mr. Sanders rebuffed entreaties from multiple Democrats in California who asked him to consider holding a get-out-the-vote rally in the state ahead of its June 5 primary. New York Times, "Bernie Sanders Is Winning Converts. But Primary Victories Remain Elusive.," 24 June 2018 Younger South Koreans appeared more eager to do their part to make entreaties across the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas. Victoria Kim, latimes.com, "South Koreans are left wondering: Are we better off than we were a week ago?," 16 June 2018 Many leading white-collar lawyers, such Theodore Olson, have declined Trump’s entreaties. Robert Costa And Josh Dawsey, BostonGlobe.com, "Giuliani says he’s joining Trump’s legal team to ‘negotiate an end’ to Mueller probe," 19 Apr. 2018 Naturally, kids—whose minds are even more susceptible to these entreaties than grownups are—fall easily into these traps. Alex Salkever, Fortune, "Fortnite Is Poised to Rule the Summer. Are Parents Prepared?," 5 July 2018 Former British prime minister Tony Blair has encouraged these entreaties. William Booth And James Mcauley, Washington Post, "Europeans haven’t given up hope that Britain will change its mind on Brexit," 12 June 2018 Photo: Julia Moss for The Wall Street Journal For Mr. Tester, that means focusing on public-lands policy and offering entreaties to Montana’s veteran population, one of the largest in the nation. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Trump Gears Up for Battle to Oust Democrats in States He Won," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of entreaty

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of entreaty

: a serious request for something


en·​treaty | \in-ˈtrē-tē \
plural entreaties

Kids Definition of entreaty

: a serious and urgent request

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