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Monday, November 29, 2010

impetrate

\IM-pi-treyt\ , verb;
1.
To entreat; ask for.
Quotes:
"A slight testimonial, sir, which I thought fit to impetrate from that worthy nobleman," (here he raised his hand to his head, as if to touch his hat,) "MacCallum More."
-- Walter Scott, Rob Roy
These offered up sacrifices and prayers, in order to impetrate happiness; those extolled noble deeds in order to inspire others.
-- R. B. Morgan, Readings In English Social History From Contemporary Literature
Origin:
Impetrate ultimately relates to the Latin petrare, possibly linked to pater, Latin for "father."
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