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[en-tree-tee] /ɛnˈtri ti/
noun, plural entreaties.
earnest request or petition; supplication.
Origin of entreaty
1515-25; entreat + -y3
appeal, suit, plea, solicitation. Unabridged
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  • It is always pleasant to do on entreaty what we might be driven to do unasked.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • She then went away, at her friend's entreaty, after emptying her purse in my nurse's hands.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • A motion of prohibition that had in it none of the grace of entreaty, checked his formula.

    Jessamine Marion Harland
  • Her entreaty was so earnest, that the boy had not the heart to stay there.

  • In hers there was tenderness, expostulation, entreaty; in his some shade of mingled horror and regret.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • The words were those of entreaty, but the voice was that of authority.

  • He raised himself, and stretched out his arms towards her with a gesture of entreaty.

    Temporal Power Marie Corelli
  • What you must read unmoved by the pity too far for entreaty.

    Poems William D. Howells
  • His voice is wonderfully steady, but there is always the same searching look of entreaty on his face.

    Airy Fairy Lilian Margaret Wolfe Hamilton (AKA Duchess)
  • His level glance met Sir Richard's in earnestness and entreaty.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for entreaty


noun (pl) -treaties
an earnest request or petition; supplication; plea
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for entreaty

mid-15c., "treatment, negotiation;" see entreat + -y (1). Meaning "earnest request" is from 1570s. Related: Entreaties.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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