Importune vs Importunity - What's the difference?

importune | importunity |


As a verb importune

is .

As a noun importunity is

(obsolete) unseasonableness; an unsuitable or inappropriate time.

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.

    importunity

    English

    Noun

    (importunities)
  • (obsolete) Unseasonableness; an unsuitable or inappropriate time.
  • A constant and insistent demanding.
  • Quotations

    * 1602 : , act 1 scene 3 lines 28-29-30-31 *: Then weigh what loss your honour may sustain *: If with too credent ear you list his songs *: Or lose your heart, or your chaste treasure open *: To his unmastered importunity . * 1611 : , Luke 11:8 *: I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. * 1766, *: Still, however, being surrounded with importunity , and no longer able to satisfy every request that was made him, instead of money he gave promises.