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behest

[bih-hest] /bɪˈhɛst/
noun
1.
a command or directive.
2.
an earnest or strongly worded request.
Origin of behest
1000
before 1000; Middle English bihest(e), Old English behǣs promise. See be-, hest
Synonyms
1. order, bidding, decree, dictate, mandate.
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behest

/bɪˈhɛst/
noun
1.
an authoritative order or earnest request
Word Origin
Old English behǣs, from behātan; see be-, hest
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n.

Old English behæs "a vow," perhaps from behatan "to promise" (from be- + hatan "command, call;" see cite) and confused with obsolete hest "command," which may account for the parasitic -t as well as the Middle English shift in meaning to "command, injunction" (late 12c.).

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