entreat | entreaty

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Meaning(s)

ask urgently

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entreat - request

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When you ‘entreat’ somebody, you plead or use emotion to try and persuade them to do something for you. The word implies a high level of urgency or seriousness, and that you have to convince and overcome a level of resistance in order to achieve your aim.

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Antonyms eschew

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  1. The journey that my friend was planning on taking was fraught with danger. That’s why I felt it was my duty to entreat him not to go.

  2. I sent a letter to the bank, pleading with them to give me more time to make my payment. Unfortunately, they totally ignored my entreaty.

  3. The police entreated local residents to stay inside their homes while the manhunt for the murderer was ongoing.

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