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  • n  insistent solicitation and entreaty
    his importunity left me no alternative but to agree

  • Roses flung on marble stairs, ladies dropping languid importunity in boudoirs through which Gounod's "Ave Maria" wanders like an oddly-chosen perfume, not infrequently assist the .
  • The delicious menace of that word has been long savored by people who have yielded to the importunity of a megaphoning bus-starter and have ridden THROUGH CHINATOWN FOR $1.
  • To the Communist Party faithful, they are bitongos, spoiled kids of the Cuban revolution who turned their back on socialism when times got hard and importunity knocked.

  • Josiah Henson in Boston Globe (registration)
    Henson wrote of leading his group through Ohio, a free state, where "we were frequently told that we were free, if we chose to be so. At Cincinnati, especially, the colored people gathered round us, and urged us with much importunity to remain with...

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