importunity


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im·por·tu·ni·ty

 (ĭm′pôr-to͞o′nĭ-tē, -tyo͞o′-)
n. pl. im·por·tun·i·ties
1. An importunate request; an insistent or pressing demand.
2. The quality of being importunate.

im•por•tu•ni•ty

(ˌɪm pɔrˈtu nɪ ti, -ˈtyu-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or quality of being importunate.
2. an importunate solicitation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.importunity - insistent solicitation and entreaty; "his importunity left me no alternative but to agree"
solicitation - an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status; "a solicitation to the king for relief"
Translations

importunity

[ˌɪmpɔːˈtjuːnɪtɪ] N (frm) → importunidad f

importunity

n
(= demand, request)unverschämte Bitte

importunity

[ˌɪmpɔːˈtjuːnɪtɪ] n (frm) → insistenze fpl
References in classic literature ?
And to the importunity of their persisted questionings he had finally given in; and so it came to pass that every one now knew the shameful story of his wretched fate.
As we disapprove of a child's being taught to understand instruments, and to play like a master (which we would have confined to those who are candidates for the prize in that science; for they play not to improve themselves in virtue, but to please those who hear them, and gratify their importunity); therefore we think the practice of it unfit for freemen; but then it should be confined to those who are paid for doing it; for it usually gives people sordid notions, for the end they have in view is bad: for the impertinent spectator is accustomed to make them change their music; so that the artists who attend to him regulate their bodies according to his motions.
For bribes come but now and then; but if importunity, or idle respects, lead a man, he shall never be without.
The conversation ended by the count, who wished to be generous and to avoid further importunity, saying that he would give a note of hand for eighty thousand rubles.
But now in this hateful age of ours not one is safe, not though some new labyrinth like that of Crete conceal and surround her; even there the pestilence of gallantry will make its way to them through chinks or on the air by the zeal of its accursed importunity, and, despite of all seclusion, lead them to ruin.
She was struck dumb at this suggestion, and could not tell what to say or to think; but, laying aside the supposition as a policy of mine, continued her importunity on account of her son, and, if possible, to make up the breach between us two.
I have run away from home partly to escape the importunity of these little wretches!
I am entirely opposed to the amendment that has been submitted so far, believing as I do it will permit the whole fund to be dispersed, to be dissipated and wasted away in little fribbles and little dribbles going here and there by local importunity, so that the whole benevolent object will be destroyed.
It said that this trend was prevailing in mainly urban areas due to lack of job opportunities for those who spend their sixteen years in education but fail to get any job while on other hand those who get study from technical institutions avail job importunity easily.
Their [Jewish] demeanor still reveals that their souls have never known chivalrous noble sentiments nor [sic] their bodies handsome armour: a certain importunity mingles with an often charming but almost always painful submissiveness...
What Ruskin censures, Hazlitt praises: "when he [Lear] exclaims in the mad scene, "The little dogs and all, Tray, Blanche, and Sweetheart, see, they bark at me!" it is passion lending occasion to imagination to make every creature in league against him." (26) Again, in a later essay in The Plain Speaker (1826), Hazlitt returns to this "over-weening importunity of the imagination," (27) making it the particular mark of Shakespeare's genius that he so finely and copiously illustrates such importunity:
We must pick our way among the remains, wrestle with and conjure the ghosts of the past, play them with patient importunity in order to reconstruct the best story we can" (69).