Importune

Definition of Importune

Im`por`tune´   Pronunciation: ĭm`pǒr`tūnd´
a.1.Inopportune; unseasonable.
2.Troublesome; vexatious; persistent; urgent; hence, vexatious on account of untimely urgency or pertinacious solicitation.
And their importune fates all satisfied.
- Spenser.
Of all other affections it [envy] is the most importune and continual.
- Bacon.
v. t.1.To request or solicit, with urgency; to press with frequent, unreasonable, or troublesome application or pertinacity; hence, to tease; to irritate; to worry.
[imp. & p. p. Importuned (ĭm`pǒr*tūnd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Importuning.]
Their ministers and residents here have perpetually importuned the court with unreasonable demands.
- Swift.
2.To import; to signify.
v. i.1.To require; to demand.
We shall write to you,
As time and our concernings shall importune.
- Shak.

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