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importunity (plural importunities)
- A constant and insistent demanding.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke: […] (Second Quarto), London: Printed by I[ames] R[oberts] for N[icholas] L[ing] […], published 1604, OCLC 760858814, [Act I, scene iii]:
- 1611 : The Bible (KJV), 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, Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
- Still, however, being surrounded with importunity, and no longer able to satisfy every request that was made him, instead of money he gave promises.
- (obsolete) An inappropriate or unsuitable time; unseasonableness.