VCR Lesson 7 Presentation

Macy Henry

FILL IN THE BLANK WITH THE MOST APPROPRIATE WORD FROM LESSON 7

Answering the phone was a mistake as the sales person continued to _____________ me to buy his invention for over fifteen minutes.
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THE WORD

importune (tr. v.)


To make repeated and insistent demands or requests.

OTHER USES

importune (intr. v.)


To beg, urge, or solicit persistently or troublesomely



importunity
(n.)


The quality or state of being importunate


Example:

The first time she asked me to build her a new shed I refused; however, after her repeated requests, her importunity caused me to change my mind.

THE ROOTS


in- (L.) "not, opposite of"


portus (L.) "harbor, gate"


importunus (L.) "unfit, troublesome, having no harbor"

SYNONYMS

  • beg
  • persuade
  • pester
  • solicit
  • nag
  • badger

ANTONYMS

  • dissuade
  • discourage
  • give
  • help
  • refuse

CHOOSE THE LETTER OF THE SENTENCE IN WHICH THE WORD IN BOLD-FACED TYPE IS USED INCORRECTLY.

a) Sometimes fundraisers will appeal to your emotion to importune for donations.

b) Liza's parents finally got her a dog after listening to her importunities for over a year.

c) Even though I importune him to be kind to my friends, he continues to be mean to them.

d) Elizabeth had to importune her parents to let her go to the concert as they agreed right when she asked them.

THE CORRECT ANSWER IS D. IF ELIZABETH HAD TO BEG HER PARENTS TO ALLOW HER TO GO TO THE CONCERT, THEY WOULD NOT AGREE TO LET HER GO THE FIRST TIME SHE ASKED.