Polanski fled abroad after pleading guilty to one count of statutory rape.
On the eve of the election, Team Romney is knocking on doors and pleading with voters to get to the polls.
With MoveOn, they are pleading, "please fight" to a president they see as fatally yielding.
In court on Monday, Amanda Knox made an emotional final appeal in Italian, pleading innocence.
Tuesday, she made it official, pleading the Fifth Amendment at a House Oversight Committee.
But let us die in grace's hall-floor, pleading before Christ.
My letters of pleading, like my calls and telephone efforts, were still ignored.
It is under such an understanding with him that I am pleading his case in his stead.
And all that time Leonora was defending her rival, and pleading her cause!
Auntie”—eyes and voice were pleading—“auntie, the—the things—this paper says—they never happened, did they?
late 13c., "the carrying on of a suit at court," verbal noun from plead (v.). Meaning "supplication, intercession" is from early 15c.
mid-13c., "make a plea in court," from Anglo-French pleder, Old French plaidier, "plead at court" (11c.), from Medieval Latin placitare, from Late Latin placitum (see plea). Sense of "request, beg" first recorded late 14c. Related: Pleaded; pleading; pleadingly.