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

Definition of entreaty

: an act of entreating : plea

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 Moore never tried to call police that night and rejected his brother's entreaty to get in their car to get away from Scott, the prosecutor said. John Lynch, Arkansas Online, 4 May 2022 More than 11,000 people have put their signatures on the entreaty so far. The Editors, Outside Online, 7 Nov. 2014 In another message stashed in the attackers’ wallet, someone claiming to be a Wormhole user made an even more desperate entreaty. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 4 Feb. 2022 But as the pandemic races on, the entreaty to them remains the same, still urgent but hopeful: Please, do more. New York Times, 30 Dec. 2021 A few days later, convinced their entreaty was a scam, Ms. Singh ceased communication. New York Times, 16 Dec. 2021 The California Supreme Court on Thursday decided to leave the state’s death penalty law intact, refusing an entreaty from Newsom that would have overturned scores of death sentences. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2021 Zola tells Stefani at one point, King’s most pull-quote-worthy line turned into an entreaty for someone to accept, if not their own worth, then that of everyone else. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 30 June 2021 If your gentle entreaty falls on deaf ears, pass on a slice for yourself, and for subsequent visits to her home, bring a dessert that end-runs the issue — a confection whose presentation involves neither licking nor onsite slicing. chicagotribune.com, 18 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of entreaty

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Entreaty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entreaty. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for entreaty


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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