behest


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be·hest

 (bĭ-hĕst′)
n.
1. An authoritative command.
2. An urgent request: I called the office at the behest of my assistant.

[Middle English bihest, vow, from Old English behǣs; see keiə- in Indo-European roots.]

behest

(bɪˈhɛst)
n
an authoritative order or earnest request
[Old English behǣs, from behātan; see be-, hest]

be•hest

(bɪˈhɛst)

n.
1. a command; directive.
2. an earnest request.
[before 1000; Middle English bihest(e), Old English behǣs promise. See be-, hest]

behest

, request - Behest is a stronger term than request.
See also related terms for request.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.behest - an authoritative command or request
bid, bidding, command, dictation - an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

behest

noun
at someone's behest at someone's command, by someone's order, at someone's demand, at someone's wish, by someone's decree, at someone's bidding, at someone's instruction, by someone's mandate, at someone's dictate, at someone's commandment He did it at his wife's behest.

behest

noun
An authoritative indication to be obeyed:
Translations

behest

[bɪˈhest] N (frm) at his behesta petición suya

behest

[bɪˈhɛst] n
at sb's behest, at the behest of sb → sur l'ordre de qn

behest

n (liter)Geheiß nt (liter); at his behest/the behest of his uncleauf sein Geheiß (liter)/auf Geheiß seines Onkels (liter)

behest

[bɪˈhɛst] n at his behestsu suo ordine
References in classic literature ?
I would much rather not have told her anything of my antecedents, but no man could look into the depth of those eyes and refuse her slightest behest.
For the first time there was a whimper in his throat; but it was not the whimper of fear, nor of pain, but of outrage, and of desire to continue the battle which he struggled to control at Skipper's behest.
But it is an error to suppose that our great forefathers -- though accustomed to speak and think of human existence as a state merely of trial and warfare, and though unfeignedly prepared to sacrifice goods and life at the behest of duty -- made it a matter of conscience to reject such means of comfort, or even luxury, as lay fairly within their grasp.
I had received no thanks for my other service; and being unwilling to run to and fro at his behest, I replied - 'Nobody is out there but Joseph.
And, as I obeyed that last behest with all my might, without a thought of what I was doing, save that he bade me do it, I saw his hands shoot up and his head bob down, and his lithe, spare body cut the sunset as cleanly and precisely as though he had plunged at his leisure from a diver's board!
And so, obedient to her son's behest, the old woman hobbled off to the palace, and, without being hindered, reached the courtyard, and began to mount the flight of steps leading to the royal presence chamber.
She pushed me in that direction; yet, no sooner did I make a movement to obey her behest than she burst into laughter, and I remained beside her, and she embraced me.
Did not her mighty messenger, the ancient Iss, bear you upon her leaden bosom at your own behest to the Valley Dor?
Thereon they would have hacked at one another in close combat with their swords, had not heralds, messengers of gods and men, come forward, one from the Trojans and the other from the Achaeans--Talthybius and Idaeus both of them honourable men; these parted them with their staves, and the good herald Idaeus said, "My sons, fight no longer, you are both of you valiant, and both are dear to Jove; we know this; but night is now falling, and the behests of night may not be well gainsaid.
To violence, injustice, tyranny, she succumbed--they were her natural masters; she had no propensity to hate, no impulse to resist them; the indignation their behests awake in some hearts was unknown in hers.
I have been doing my aunt's behests," he explained.
But that I judge I listen to a voice whose behests must not be disputed,'' answered the yeoman,