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beseech

[bih-seech] /bɪˈsitʃ/
verb (used with object), besought or beseeched, beseeching.
1.
to implore urgently:
They besought him to go at once.
2.
to beg eagerly for; solicit.
verb (used without object), besought or beseeched, beseeching.
3.
to make urgent appeal:
Earnestly did I beseech, but to no avail.
Origin of beseech
1100
before 1100; Middle English bisechen, Old English besēcan. See be-, seek
Related forms
beseecher, noun
beseechingly, adverb
beseechingness, noun
unbeseeching, adjective
unbeseechingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. pray, petition, supplicate, adjure. 1, 2. entreat, importune.
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  • By the Blessed Son of thy love and passion, remember mine, I beseech thee.

  • So, brethren, I beseech you, treasure these thoughts more than you do.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • "Rise, I beseech you," said Villebelle, who yielded in spite of himself to the emotion which he felt.

    The Barber of Paris Charles Paul de Kock
  • I beseech you let not the truth of my dishonor be known abroad.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • They go down on their knees to their husbands and beg and beseech and supplicate them to have nothing to do with it.

  • Oh, do give up this marriage—I beseech you—if you love me—if you love us all!

    Rene Mauperin Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  • Wait not for him to beseech you; ask him for no respite; but go forward at once, and offer him even more than you can perform.

  • It is not me whom you must beseech, but the Mother who feeds us all.

    Blind Man's Lantern Allen Kim Lang
  • I beseech you to consider who are to be our judges that are to hear the case, and give or refuse redress.

    The Fair Maid of Perth Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for beseech

beseech

/bɪˈsiːtʃ/
verb -seeches, -seeching, -sought, -seeched
1.
(transitive) to ask (someone) earnestly (to do something or for something); beg
Derived Forms
beseecher, noun
beseeching, adjective
beseechingly, adverb
Word Origin
C12: see be-, seek; related to Old Frisian besēka
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Word Origin and History for beseech
v.

late 12c., bisecen "to beseech, beg urgently," from be- + Middle English secen "to seek" (see seek). German cognate besuchen is merely "to visit." Related: Besought; beseeching.

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