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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 ?
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,