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[en-treet] /ɛnˈtrit/
verb (used with object)
to ask (a person) earnestly; beseech; implore; beg:
to entreat the judge for mercy.
to ask earnestly for (something):
He entreated help in his work.
verb (used without object)
to make an earnest request or petition.
Origin of entreat
1300-50; Middle English entreten < Middle French entrait(i)er. See en-1, treat
Related forms
entreatingly, adverb
entreatment, noun
nonentreating, adjective
nonentreatingly, adverb
unentreated, adjective
unentreating, adjective
1. pray, importune, sue, solicit. See appeal. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for entreatingly
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  • "Dearest mamma, allow me to present my brother with two pounds of tobacco," he said entreatingly.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
  • "How I wish you could get me a copy of that picture, Philip," Laura said, entreatingly.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • "Miss Etelka has many precious jewels," said he, entreatingly.

    The Village Notary Jzsef Etvs
  • "Do tell me what you are laughing at, papa," said she, entreatingly.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • I followed him, and continued to address him humbly, entreatingly.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • "But you understand that I cannot ignore it," breathed Miss Boyle entreatingly.

    The Rake's Progress Marjorie Bowen
  • She glanced at him entreatingly; the sarcasm was too bitter, too unendurable.

  • Again and again Morris spoke eagerly, entreatingly, but the aerophone was dumb.

    Stella Fregelius H. Rider Haggard
  • She looked at me entreatingly, almost desperately, and I took hold of Rchamp's arm with a warning pressure.

    Coming Home Edith Wharton
  • "Just one thing I wanted to say to you to-day, Glahn," she said entreatingly.

    Pan Knut Hamsun
British Dictionary definitions for entreatingly


to ask (a person) earnestly; beg or plead with; implore
to make an earnest request or petition for (something)
an archaic word for treat (sense 4)
Derived Forms
entreatingly, intreatingly, adverb
entreatment, intreatment, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French entraiter, from en-1 + traiter to treat
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Word Origin and History for entreatingly



mid-14c., "to enter into negotiations;" early 15c., "to treat (someone) in a certain way," also "to plead for (someone)," from Anglo-French entretier, Old French entraiter "to treat," from en- "make" (see en- (1)) + traiter "to treat" (see treat (v.)). Meaning "to beseech, implore" is first attested c.1500. Related: Entreated; entreating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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