A person’s orders or command: they had assembled at his behest the slaughter of the male children at the behest of Herod
More example sentences
- To say what was done was done at the behest of officials is totally incorrect.
- He was merely rebalancing his portfolio, at the behest of his financial adviser.
- The items were sold at the behest of his descendants and fetched much more than the auctioneers had bargained for.
Old English behǣs 'a vow', from a Germanic base meaning 'bid'; related to hight.