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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If Newmont resists Barrick’s entreaties, Barrick could also recruit partners for any unsolicited bid. Jacquie Mcnish, WSJ, "Barrick Gold Is Considering Possible Deal With Newmont," 22 Feb. 2019 Flynn’s absence from the public eye, despite entreaties from supporters to take an aggressive stance against the Russia investigation, has made him a source of continuing intrigue. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Flynn’s lawyers say his lie to FBI ‘uncharacteristic’," 12 Dec. 2018 German and French entreaties could neither salvage the nuclear deal with Iran nor dissuade Trump from pulling out of the Paris climate accords. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump deepens the West’s sense of crisis," 1 June 2018 The endorsement of the party’s executive board, with 65% of the vote, came despite Ms. Feinstein’s entreaties for members not to back any particular candidate. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "California Democratic Officials Reject Dianne Feinstein," 15 July 2018 All of these entreaties for decorum are in service of a delusion that is profitable only to those already in power. Drew Magary, GQ, "This Is Why Trump Won," 14 June 2018 But his capacity to maintain a friendly relationship with Trump will be severely tested if the President decides, despite his entreaties, to pull the US out of the current Iran nuclear deal and to press ahead with a trade war with Europe. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "After the hugs and kisses, Macron rips Trumpism," 25 Apr. 2018 Despite her entreaties, the government appeared to be on a collision course with an increasingly assertive Parliament. Raf Casert, The Seattle Times, "UK Parliament delivers rebuke to government over Brexit," 4 Dec. 2018 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

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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