Definition of importunate in English:
Persistent, especially to the point of annoyance or intrusion: importunate creditors
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- And although the gulling of Benedick is wittily done - with an importunate boy messenger demanding a tip from the supposedly hidden protagonist - that of Beatrice lapses into farce as she is drenched by a garden hose.
- It is a sweet and pretty countenance that can become contorted into a Munchian shriek, a child's importunate obstinacy, a beleaguered housewife's exasperation, a hectoring soldier's grimace, or anything else.
- The larger goal is to encourage a strategy for thinking broadly about contentious issues so that the church maintains its intellectual and theological integrity and is not simply captivated by insistent or importunate voices.
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- Year by year the government grows more importunately parental, the citizenry more obediently childish.
- He was constantly being invited to the house, and then pressed importunately by all three to stay the night there.
- Still, the wretched creatures stand there, importunately demanding notice.
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- Unfortunately they fail to realize that love is something that cannot be asked for with importunity, nor will it come overnight.
- Thus Laertes warns Ophelia that she must ‘weigh what loss your honour may sustain / If with too credent ear you list his [Hamlet's] songs, / Or lose your heart, or your chaste treasure open / To his unmaster'd importunity.’
- Only let us exercise them: and though often turned away unanswered, let us remember the influence of importunity upon the unjust judge, and act accordingly.
Pronunciation: /ˌimpôrˈt(y)o͞onitē/noun (plural importunities)
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