importunate

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firm or obstinate, as in making a demand or maintaining a stand

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expressing earnest entreaty

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Her importunities had prevailed upon Urfried to suffer her to quit the turret, and Urfried had employed her services where she herself would most gladly have paid them, by the bedside of the wounded Ivanhoe.
She required a few pieces herself, the Foundation which, after many importunities, had gathered her to its charitable breast, giving nothing but bare planks and cheaply papered bricks to the objects of its solicitude.
The movable bridges, the agitated sailors, the noise of the water on the pebbles, the cries and importunities of those who wait upon the shores, are multiplied details of that sensation which is summed up in one single result -- hesitation.
But every time Jessica intimated to Enzo her determination to sever their relationship because of his importunities, Enzo renewed his protestations of love, so their lovers' quarrel was patched up.
For a long time, their importunities never failed to annoy me.
He never considered men as persons who would bore and pester Him by repeating the same thing in their importunities, but He always considered that they were people who needed His help (Barclay 1992: 376-377).
After an initial tenderness, the family's importunities and attempts to coerce Clementina into marriage with the Count finally end in protracted psychological warfare similar to that suffered by Clarissa at the hands of the Harlowes.
D'Amville's entrance deprives Montferrers the opportunity to reply, as the uncle seconds the nephew and the father stands aside: "What to the father of a gentleman / Should be more tender than the maintenance / And the increase of honour to his house?" Montferrers meekly retires, very wanly evoking God: "Your importunities have overcome ...
Marcela, niece of an indulgent village priest who is her guardian, flees to the countryside with a flock of sheep in order to escape the importunities of her numerous suitors, whom she suspects of desiring only her beauty and, especially, her wealth.
Calling attention to Jesus' practice of allowing his agenda, time after time, to be interrupted and set aside by the needs and importunities of others, Jon made it evident that this attitude, modeled on the practice of Jesus, is not just a platitude.
She only has to seduce a married man who, moments before, rejected both of their importunities. After a brief, seemingly innocuous conversation about his wife, the man succumbs to Joe's sexual advances, weakened by her seductive gaze.
Rather, Williams boasted of men acquiescing to his sexual importunities, and seemed to take particular pleasure dominating men physically larger than himself.
"IT IS BECAUSE IN THEIR HOURS OF TIMIDITY the Congress becomes subservient to the importunities of organized minorities that the President comes more and more to stand as the champion of the rights of the whole country," Coolidge wrote in his autobiography.
There is some evidence that the importunities of the orange-women--"Chase some oranges, chase some numparels, chase a bill of the play" (Lamb 224)--were viewed by many playgoers as an unwelcome, distracting, side-show with the women overcharging for their wares.
Kate is chaotic, beset by the importunities of Fate, dedicated to succeed, and always cramming just too much into her day--and night.