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importunity

Definition:

insistent solicitation and entreaty

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

importunities

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

his importunity left me no alternative but to agree

Synonyms:

urgency | urging

Etymology:

from Latin importūnus tiresome, from im-in-1 + -portūnus as in...
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

importunity | importune | persistence [synonym, sense-specific] | impel [synonym, sense-specific] | importuner [noun, derived]

persistent begging or harassing for a favour | persistence | to harass with persistent requests; demand of (someone) insistently | to beg for ... (20 of 338 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/importunity

Wikipedia:

Pester [disambiguation]

may refer to: In fictional characters: Pester (comics), a Marvel Comics character | Professor Pester, the main villain in the animated television series Viva Piñata | Rex Pester, a reporter in the animated film The Rugrats Movie | In people: De... (38 of 146 words, 13 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Pester

Merriam-Webster:

importunity | importunities [plural] | claim [synonym, sense-specific] | dun [synonym, sense-specific] | demand [synonym, sense-specific] | requisition [synonym, sense-specific] | ultimatum [synonym, sense-specific] | desire [similar, sense-specific] | request [similar, sense-specific] | ...

the quality or state of being importunate | an importunate request or demand (12 of 79 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/importunity

Oxford Dictionary:

importunate | importunities [plural] | importunately [derived] | importunity [derived]

persistent, especially to the point of annoyance (7 of 57 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/importunate

Wiktionary:

importunity | importunities [plural] | Unseasonableness [synonym, sense-specific]

[obsolete] Unseasonableness; an unsuitable or inappropriate time. | A constant and insistent demanding. (12 of 47 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/importunity

Random House Dictionary:

importunity | importunities [sense-specific, plural]

the state or quality of being importunate; persistence in solicitation. | "importunities": importunate solicitations or demands. (15 of 26 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/importunity

New World Dictionary:

importunity | importunities [plural]

an importuning or being importunate; persistence in requesting or demanding (10 of 22 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/importunity

American Heritage Dictionary:

importunity | importunities [plural]

An importunate request; an insistent or pressing demand. | The quality of being importunate. (13 of 19 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/importunity

Macmillan British Dictionary:

urge [transitive] | urged [past tense] | urging [present participle] | urges [3rd-person singular present]

to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should ... | to make a person or animal move in a particular direction (24 of 122 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/urge

Cambridge Dictionary:

urge [entry 2] | urging [noun, derived]

to strongly advise or try to persuade someone to do a particular thing (13 of 105 words, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/urge 2

Britannica Encyclopedia:

solicitation [crime]

in criminal law, the request, encouragement, or direction of one person by another to commit a serious criminal offense. It's frequently linked with ... (23 of 163 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/553250​/solicitation

Encarta Dictionary:

importunity | importunities [plural]

the fact of being troublesomely demanding or insistent | a demand made repeatedly or insistently (14 of 30 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620437​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

importunity | importune

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin importūnus tiresome, from im-in-1 + -portūnus as in opportūnusopportune

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/importunity

Wiktionary:

importunity | importunities [plural]

Origin: French importunité, from Latin importunitas.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/importunity

New World Dictionary:

importunity | importunities [plural]

Origin: French importunité from Latin importunitas

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/importunity

Audio references

the Free Dictionary:

importunity

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "importunity"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "importunity"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "importunity" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/importunity

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

importunity

Audio: North American pronunciation of "importunity"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=import​11 word=importunity

YourDictionary Audio:

importunity

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "importunity" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/importunity

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