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.
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.