A Word A Day : Importune

Saturday, 25th August 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Verb )

Pronunciation : (im-por'chun)

1. To beset with insistent or repeated requests

2. To entreat pressingly

3. To ask for urgently or repeatedly

4. To plead or urge irksomely, often persistently

5. To trouble persistently from or as if from all sides


1. badger

2. bedevil

3. beleaguer

4. beset

5. plague

6. pester

7. hound

8. harry

9. harass

10. besiege

11. attack


1. give in

2. be feeble

3. lose

Contextual Example:

• Too poor for a bribe and too proud to importune, He had not the method of making a fortune.

• I continued to importune her to enlighten me.

Related Words:

Importuner, Importunity, Importunacy : Nouns

Importunely : Adverb

Importunate, Importunable : Adjectives

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