Supplicate vs Importune - What's the difference?

supplicate | importune |


As verbs the difference between supplicate and importune

is that supplicate is to humble oneself before (another) in making a request; to beg or beseech while importune is .

supplicate

English

Verb

(en-verb)
  • To humble oneself before (another) in making a request; to beg or beseech.
  • To entreat for; to ask for earnestly and humbly.
  • to supplicate blessings on Christian efforts to spread the gospel
  • To address in prayer; to entreat as a supplicant.
  • to supplicate the Deity
  • (Oxford University) To request that an academic degree is awarded at a ceremony.
  • importune

    English

    Verb

    (importun)
  • To bother, trouble, irritate.
  • * , II.17:
  • To deliberate, be it but in slight matters, doth importune me.
  • To harass with persistent requests.
  • * 1610 , , act 2 scene 1
  • You were kneel'd to, and importun'd otherwise / By all of us;.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • Their ministers and residents here have perpetually importuned the court with unreasonable demands.
  • To approach to offer one's services as a prostitute, or otherwise make improper proposals.
  • (obsolete) To import; to signify.
  • * Spenser
  • It importunes death.

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Grievous, severe, exacting.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.vi:
  • And therewithall he fiercely at him flew, / And with importune outrage him assayld [...].
  • (obsolete) inopportune; unseasonable
  • (obsolete) troublesome; vexatious; persistent
  • * Spenser
  • And their importune fates all satisfied.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Of all other affections it [envy] is the most importune and continual.