Certainly the learned counsel for the petitioner have not denied it.
When didst thou rebuke any petitioner with the name of importunate?
But the Ethiopian cannot change his skin, and it was not till August 13, 1577, that the petitioner received full satisfaction.
And I said: Hast thou put off the petitioner as I desired, to another day?
For endeavoring to asperse your petitioner's personal character in the most infamous manner.
Have freed you from one suitor for this dear hand, to become myself your petitioner!
The prayer was granted—according to the intent of the petitioner.
Besides, the general question first, in fairness to the petitioner.
I feel confident that he did not wound this petitioner's feelings by allusion to Mrs. Jellyby or Borrioboola-Gha.
Your petitioner humbly prays the protection of this Honourable Court.
early 14c., "a supplication or prayer, especially to a deity," from Old French peticion "request, petition" (12c., Modern French pétition) and directly from Latin petitionem (nominative petitio) "a blow, thrust, attack, aim; a seeking, searching," in law "a claim, suit," noun of action from past participle stem of petere "to make for, go to; attack, assail; seek, strive after; ask for, beg, beseech, request; fetch; derive; demand, require," from PIE root *pet-, also *pete- "to rush; to fly" (cf. Sanskrit pattram "wing, feather, leaf," patara- "flying, fleeting;" Hittite pittar "wing;" Greek piptein "to fall," potamos "rushing water," pteryx "wing;" Old English feðer "feather;" Latin penna "feather, wing;" Old Church Slavonic pero "feather;" Old Welsh eterin "bird"). Meaning "formal written request to a superior (earthly)" is attested from early 15c.
c.1600, from petition (n.). Related: Petitioned; petitioning.