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4 definitions found
 for beseech
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beseech \Be*seech"\, n.
     Solicitation; supplication. [Obs. or Poetic] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beseech \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
     Seek.]
     1. To ask or entreat with urgency; to supplicate; to implore.
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              I beseech you, punish me not with your hard
              thoughts.                             --Shak.
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              But Eve . . . besought his peace.     --Milton.
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     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
            dependence.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  beseech
      v 1: ask for or request earnestly; "The prophet bid all people
           to become good persons" [syn: bid, beseech, entreat,
           adjure, press, conjure]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "beseech":
     adjure, appeal, appeal to, beg, call for help, call on, call upon,
     clamor for, commune with God, conjure, crave, cry for, cry on,
     cry to, entreat, give thanks, impetrate, implore, importune,
     imprecate, invoke, kneel to, make supplication, obtest,
     offer a prayer, petition, plead, plead for, plead with, pray,
     pray over, recite the rosary, return thanks, run to, say grace,
     supplicate
  
  

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