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entreaty

[en-tree-tee] /ɛnˈtri ti/
noun, plural entreaties.
1.
earnest request or petition; supplication.
Origin
1515-1525
1515-25; entreat + -y3
Synonyms
appeal, suit, plea, solicitation.
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British Dictionary definitions for entreaty

entreaty

/ɪnˈtriːtɪ/
noun (pl) -treaties
1.
an earnest request or petition; supplication; plea
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Word Origin and History for entreaty
n.

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

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