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She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
  to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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entreating entreat entreaties entreated entreaty entreats entreatingly
Synonym Comparison:  "Entreat" is similar to "beseech", but "entreat" implies an attempt to overcome resistance while "beseech" implies great anxiety or desire.
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  • She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
  • She was unmoved by his entreaties.
  • I entreat you to observe that I have come here voluntarily, in response to that written appeal of a fellow-countryman which lies before you. I demand no more than the opportunity to do so without delay. Is not that my right?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • She wakes; and I entreated her come forth
    And bear this work of heaven with patience:
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet

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  • My dear son, I entreat you never to make such an assertion again.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Sir, I entreat you home with me to dinner.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • If she cannot entreat, I can compel.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • I entreat you not to suppose that I moved this way in order to beg for a partner.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I do entreat that we may sup together:
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • I entreated, and finally attempted to force her to retire.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • You — poor and obscure, and small and plain as you are — I entreat to accept me as a husband.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • After this decisive conclusion, I entreated to be heard a word or two.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • I want your worship to take it upon yourself to redress this wrong either by entreaty or by arms;
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Thy dukedom I resign, and do entreat
    Thou pardon me my wrongs.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • he asked again, this time fondly, with a note of entreaty.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • And with this gentle, but unconquerable obstinacy did he resist all her entreaties.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Let us entreat you stay till after dinner.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • I entreat you, never bother me again for the rest of my life, and don’t ever dare to repeat what you’ve just said to me, my sister might hear it and we don’t need one more unhappy person in this house.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • There was one voice of a young woman, ... and entreating for some favor,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • Therefore I have entreated him along
    With us to watch the minutes of this night;
    That, if again this apparition come
    He may approve our eyes and speak to it.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • neither to speak of him, entreat for him, nor any way sustain him.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • It sought to free itself, but he was strong in his entreaty, and detained it.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • I entreat Mr. Traddles to bear with me in entering into these details.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Am I entreated, then, To speak and strike?
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • Miss Dashwood, for half an hour—for ten minutes— I entreat you to stay.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • He placed this book in my grandmother’s hands, looked at her entreatingly, and said, with an earnestness which I shall never forget, "Te-e-ach, te-e-ach my Antonia!"
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Let me entreat you never to think of him again, my dear Catherine; indeed he is unworthy of you.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • entreat him to a peace
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Let me entreat you, for your own sake and for hers, to be more quiet.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • "I won’t be any trouble," Clary said, gazing entreatingly past Jace’s white-hot glare at Maryse.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • he will not be entreated.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • Listen while I am master of myself. When the fit is upon me, it well may be that I shall beg and implore you, with entreaties and threatenings, to loosen my bonds.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • This is the hour that Madam Silvia entreated me to call and know her mind:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • To satisfy your highness, and the entreaties of our most gracious mistress.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • "Don’t you ask it, mum," said Bob, entreatingly.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • I beg and entreat of you not to do it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Say no more against it, I entreat you.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • I entreat you - nay, I command you - to return to your own place. I should be put to shame if I let such young warriors fall in battle on my side.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • Do you suppose I didn’t try, first of all, to get what I wanted as if it were for myself? I told him how much I should love to travel abroad like other young wives; I tried tears and entreaties with him; I told him that he ought to remember the condition I was in, and that he ought to be kind and indulgent to me; I even hinted that he might raise a loan.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • And so deep sticks it in my penitent heart
    That I crave death more willingly than mercy;
    Tis my deserving, and I do entreat it.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Good queen, let us entreat you.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • I humbly do entreat your Highness’ pardon; My haste made me unmannerly.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • Do, good my lord; your citizens entreat you.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • And others came also and entreated him.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • I have scarcely the right to tell it myself at present, because I have been entreated not to do so.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • this drives me to entreat you:
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • Yet, when we can entreat an hour to serve,
    We would spend it in some words upon that business,
    If you would grant the time.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • But the man’s mind was made up, closed to all entreaties.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Someone who will not plead, or explain, or think he can alter my design with entreaties, because he alone really knows how I operate.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Her eyes entreated him to understand.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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