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importune - vocabulary

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verb

To beset with solicitations, to demand with urgency; to beg for something urgently.

When Benedict comes to the United States, he is likely to be importuned by conservative Catholics to side with the hard-liners. He would be wiser to listen to other Catholics, laypeople as well as clergy, who know what mischief would be caused by a decree that would seem to force some Catholic officials to choose between their responsibility to their constituents or the Constitution and their standing in the church.

—“Teaching the Pope” Los Angeles Times, November 14, 2007

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