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[im-pawr-too-ni-tee, -tyoo-] /ˌɪm pɔrˈtu nɪ ti, -ˈtyu-/
noun, plural importunities for 2.
the state or quality of being importunate; persistence in solicitation.
importunities, importunate solicitations or demands.
Origin of importunity
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English importunite < Latin importūnitās. See importune, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then abruptly they failed, as if the night, wearied with their importunity, had fallen upon the speakers and choked them.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • "Supposed to mind their own business," said Hal, exasperated with the man's importunity.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • Keeping his own pace in society, as well as in the Court of Chancery, neither satire nor importunity could ruffle or confuse him.

    A Book About Lawyers John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • But he persevered in his request, and wrung from him by his importunity what his deserts could not get.

  • This, against his own mind at the importunity of col. Wallace, he undertook.

  • Wearied by his importunity, Lady Newburgh at last forbade him the house.

  • importunity is of the essence of successful prayer, says Canon Liddon in a recent sermon.

    The Religious Sentiment Daniel G. Brinton
  • Never was seen such patience and importunity as that displayed by boy and beast.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • And when the importunity continued, she declared she knew all this of Caponsacchi to be false.

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
  • You will pardon my importunity in favor of the sentiment which dictated it.

    Lafayette Martha Foote Crow
Word Origin and History for importunity

early 15c., "persistence, insistence; over-eagerness," from Middle French importunité (14c.), from Latin importunitatem (nominative importunitas) "unsuitableness; unmannerliness, incivility," from importunus "unfit, troublesome" (see importune).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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