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[im-plawr, -plohr] /ɪmˈplɔr, -ˈploʊr/
verb (used with object), implored, imploring.
to beg urgently or piteously, as for aid or mercy; beseech; entreat:
They implored him to go.
to beg urgently or piteously for (aid, mercy, pardon, etc.):
implore forgiveness.
verb (used without object), implored, imploring.
to make urgent or piteous supplication.
Origin of implore
1530-40; < Latin implōrāre, equivalent to im- im-1 + plōrāre to lament
Related forms
implorable, adjective
imploration, noun
[im-plawr-uh-tawr-ee, -plohr-uh-tohr-ee] /ɪmˈplɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˈploʊr əˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
implorer, noun
imploringly, adverb
imploringness, noun
unimplorable, adjective
unimplored, adjective
2. crave, beg, solicit.
2. spurn, reject. Unabridged
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  • Her hands lifted themselves with a slight, imploring gesture toward him.

    Faith Gartney's Girlhood Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • The dog, lying by his side, seemed to look at me with sad, imploring eyes.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • The imploring look and heaving respiration of Christine were lost on the blunted sensibilities of a criminal judge.

    The Headsman James Fenimore Cooper
  • "Give me your hand at parting," she said in an imploring tone.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • At length the door opened, and with an imploring face a servant appeared upon the threshold.

    The Daughter of an Empress Louise Muhlbach
  • Moore's had been imploring in its assertiveness, the desire to convince.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for imploring


verb (transitive)
to beg or ask (someone) earnestly (to do something); plead with; beseech
to ask earnestly or piteously for; supplicate; beg: to implore someone's mercy
Derived Forms
imploration, noun
imploratory, adjective
implorer, noun
imploringly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin implōrāre, from im- + plōrāre to bewail
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Word Origin and History for imploring



c.1500, from Middle French implorer and directly from Latin implorare "call for help, beseech," originally "invoke with weeping," from assimilated form of in- "on, upon" (see in- (2)) + plorare "to weep, cry out." Related: Implored; imploring; imploringly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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