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Meaning of BESEECH

Pronunciation:  bi'seech

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  ask for or request earnestly; "The prophet bid all people to become good persons"

BESEECH is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: adjure, bid, conjure, entreat, press
 See Also: plead



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Be*seech"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Besought}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Beseeching}.] [OE. bisechen, biseken (akin to G.
    besuchen to visit); pref. be- + sechen, seken, to seek. See
    1. To ask or entreat with urgency; to supplicate; to implore.
             I beseech you, punish me not with your hard
             thoughts.                             --Shak.
             But Eve . . . besought his peace.     --Milton.
    Syn: To beg; to crave.
    Usage: {To Beseech}, {Entreat}, {Solicit}, {Implore},
           {Supplicate}. These words agree in marking that sense
           of want which leads men to beg some favor. To solicit
           is to make a request, with some degree of earnestness
           and repetition, of one whom we address as a superior.
           To entreat implies greater urgency, usually enforced
           by adducing reasons or arguments. To beseech is still
           stronger, and belongs rather to the language of poetry
           and imagination. To implore denotes increased fervor
           of entreaty, as addressed either to equals or
           superiors. To supplicate expresses the extreme of
           entreaty, and usually implies a state of deep
           humiliation. Thus, a captive supplicates a conqueror
           to spare his life. Men solicit by virtue of their
           interest with another; they entreat in the use of
           reasoning and strong representations; they beseech
           with importunate earnestness; they implore from a
           sense of overwhelming distress; they supplicate with a
           feeling of the most absolute inferiority and
  2. \Be*seech"\, n.
    Solicitation; supplication. [Obs. or Poetic] --Shak.
Thesaurus Terms
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