Importune vs Petition - What's the difference?
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Importune is a related term of petition.
As a verb importune
As a noun petition is
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.
A formal, written request made to an official person or organized body, often containing many signatures.
A compilation of signatures built in order to exert moral authority in support of a specific cause.
(legal) A formal written request for judicial action.
A prayer; a supplication; an entreaty.
* Bible, 1. Macc. vii. 37
- A house of prayer and petition for thy people.
To make a request, commonly in written form.