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beseech

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English besechen, bisechen, assibilated variants of beseken, from Old English *besēcan (to seek or inquire about), equivalent to be- +‎ seek. Cognate with Dutch bezoeken (to attend, see), German besuchen (to visit, attend, see), Swedish besöka (to visit, go to see).

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beseech (third-person singular simple present beseeches, present participle beseeching, simple past and past participle beseeched or (archaic) besought)

  1. To beg or implore.
    • 1748, David Hume, Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral, London, Oxford University Press, 1973, § 25:
      after what manner, I beseech you, must the mind proceed in this operation?
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘Watches of the Night’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio 2005, p. 61:
      She besought him, for his Soul's sake to speak the truth.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 31
      Panting a little in his haste, he told her how miserable he was; he besought her to have mercy on him; he promised, if she would forgive him, to do everything she wanted.

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beseech (plural beseeches)

  1. (archaic) A request.
    • 1839, Francis Beaumont, John Fletcher, George Darley, The works of Beaumont and Fletcher: Volume 1:
      Good madam, hear the suit that Edith urges, With such submiss beseeches; [...]

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