Solicit vs Importune - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between solicit and importune
is that solicit
is to persistently endeavor to obtain an object, or bring about an event while importune
To persistently endeavor to obtain an object, or bring about an event.
* Alexander Pope
- to solicit alms, or a favour
- I view my crime, but kindle at the view, / Repent old pleasures, and solicit new.
To woo; to court.
To persuade or incite one to commit some act, especially illegal or sexual behavior.
- Did I solicit thee From darkness to promote me?
- That fruit solicited her longing eye.
- Sounds and some tangible qualities solicit their proper senses, and force an entrance to the mind.
To offer to perform sexual activity, especially when for a payment.
- If you want to lose your virginity, you should try to solicit some fine looking women.
To make a petition.
(archaic) To disturb or trouble; to harass.
To urge the claims of; to plead; to act as solicitor for or with reference to.
- My girlfriend tried to solicit me for sex, but I was tired.
(obsolete, rare) To disturb; to disquiet.
- Should / My brother henceforth study to forget / The vow that he hath made thee, I would ever / Solicit thy deserts.
- Hath any ill solicited thine ears?
- But anxious fears solicit my weak breast.
To bother, trouble, irritate.
* , II.17:
To harass with persistent requests.
* 1610 , , act 2 scene 1
- To deliberate, be it but in slight matters, doth importune me.
* Jonathan Swift
- You were kneel'd to, and importun'd otherwise / By all of us;.
To approach to offer one's services as a prostitute, or otherwise make improper proposals.
(obsolete) To import; to signify.
- Their ministers and residents here have perpetually importuned the court with unreasonable demands.
- It importunes death.
(obsolete) Grievous, severe, exacting.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.vi:
(obsolete) inopportune; unseasonable
(obsolete) troublesome; vexatious; persistent
- And therewithall he fiercely at him flew, / And with importune outrage him assayld [...].
* Francis Bacon
- And their importune fates all satisfied.
- Of all other affections it [envy] is the most importune and continual.