AskDefine | Define entreaty

Dictionary Definition

entreaty n : earnest or urgent request; "an entreaty to stop the fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to keep calm" [syn: prayer, appeal]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The act of entreating or beseeching; urgent prayer; earnest petition; pressing solicitation.
    an entreaty to stop the hostilities
  2. A treatment; reception; entertainment.


petition, solicitation, prayer
  • Finnish: vetoomus

Extensive Definition

Entreaty was a black New Zealand breeding mare. She bred eleven horses, one of which was the legendary Phar Lap. Entreaty's first foal, Fortune's Wheel, a filly by Night Raid, showed no potential as a racehorse. After Phar Lap's success Fortune's Wheel was put back to work again but failed to make the grade. Entreaty had ten more foals after Phar Lap but none possessed anything like Phar Lap's extraordinary ability. Entreaty died in 1943.

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