Monday, February 23, 2009

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Word of the Day for Monday, February 23, 2009

beseech \bi-SEECH\, verb;
beseech, besought or beseeched, beseeching:

to ask earnestly; implore

In this purgatory, the narrator feels threatened by more recent emigres who beseech him for help and force him to face the hard fact of his own displacement.
-- Laura Winters, Moscow on the Thames, New York Times, January 5, 1997
"Spare your poor children these vulgarities, I beseech you," his wife might protest, to hone her point that he was not a gentleman.
-- Peter Matthiessen, Bone by Bone

c 1175, Old English bisecen "to beseech, beg urgently," from be- + Middle English secen "to seek" Entry and Pronunciation for beseech

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