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importune

Synonyms and Antonyms of importune

to make a request to (someone) in an earnest or urgent manner

  • she was always importuning people for favors, even when she had no right to ask
Synonyms of importune
Words Related to importune

bludge [chiefly Australian & New Zealand], cadge, mooch, sponge

ask, desire, invoke, request, sue

claim, coerce, command, compel, demand, force, insist, require

Phrases Synonymous with importune

call on (or upon)

Near Antonyms of importune

Synonym Discussion of importune

beg, entreat, beseech, implore, supplicate, adjure, importune mean to ask urgently. beg suggests earnestness or insistence in the asking.
    • they begged for help
entreat implies an effort to persuade or to overcome resistance.
    • entreated me to join them
beseech and implore imply a deeply felt anxiety.
    • I beseech you to have mercy
    • implored her not to leave him
supplicate suggests a posture of humility.
    • with bowed heads they supplicated their Lord
adjure implies advising as well as pleading.
    • we were adjured to tell the truth
importune suggests an annoying persistence in trying to break down resistance to a request.
    • importuning viewers for contributions


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