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Pronunciation: im-plor Hear it!

Part of Speech: Verb

Meaning: To fervently beg, to desperately request, to beseech, supplicate in all earnestness.

Notes: This word implies a stronger action than do request and ask. It is approximately the equivalent of beg, except without the connotation of poverty, implied by beg.. It is a close synonym to beseech. If you need a personal noun, you won't be the first person to say implorer. Otherwise the present participle, imploring, is used as an adjective and action noun.

In Play: Implore is a polite way to say "beg": "After the first week in November, politicians stop imploring their supporters to send (more) money." It implies sincerity and even desperation: "The man convicted of killing his parents implored the judge for mercy in sentencing because he was an orphan."

Word History: Here is another rip-off from Latin, this time implorare "to beseech, beg earnestly", originally "to plead tearfully", consisting of in- "in, on + plorare "to weep, cry". In, of course, comes from PIE root en "in". We find it all across the Indo-European languages: Ancient Greek en "in", Sanskrit ni- "in", Armenian i(n) "in", German, Dutch, and English in. The Russian result is v "in", but from Proto-Slavic v"n. The N was separated from this word and shows up only before words beginning with vowels: v nego "in him/it" and v nee "in her/it". Ego means "him/it" and ee means "her/it". The origin of plor- is unknown.

Dr. Goodword,

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