IMPORTUNE in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of IMPORTUNE
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
importune
 v.  beg persistently; ask for urgently or repeatedly; annoy
Classic Sentence: (18 in 2 pages)
1  Gradually, to be sure, the stress of the old thoughts would return; but at least they did not importune her waking hour.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 2: Chapter 10
2  The elders, the deacons, the motherly dames, and the young and fair maidens of Mr. Dimmesdale's flock, were alike importunate that he should make trial of the physician's frankly offered skill.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In IX. THE LEECH
3  "They mostly do," said the clergyman, griping hard at his breast, as if afflicted with an importunate throb of pain.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In X. THE LEECH AND HIS PATIENT
4  Nevertheless, let me sup in spite of sorrow, for an empty stomach is a very importunate thing, and thrusts itself on a man's notice no matter how dire is his distress.
The Odyssey By Homer
Get Context   In BOOK VII
5  Among these importunate signs was one that had caught the attention of the family by its pictures.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Get Context   In Chapter 5
6  I have almost forgotten you since: other ideas have driven yours from my head; but to-night I am resolved to be at ease; to dismiss what importunes, and recall what pleases.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIV
7  Lily's smile again flowed into a slight laugh: her friend's importunity was beginning to strike her as irrelevant.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 2: Chapter 2
8  And to the importunity of their persisted questionings he had finally given in; and so it came to pass that every one now knew the shameful story of his wretched fate.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 112. The Blacksmith.
9  Here the gentlemen interposed with earnest petitions to be further enlightened on these two last-named points; but they got only blushes, ejaculations, tremors, and titters, in return for their importunity.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVIII
10  Satisfied that the cause was now on a footing the most proper and hopeful, Sir Thomas resolved to abstain from all farther importunity with his niece, and to shew no open interference.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIII
11  The conversation ended by the count, who wished to be generous and to avoid further importunity, saying that he would give a note of hand for eighty thousand rubles.
War and Peace(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 6: CHAPTER XI
12  Ideas recur to him with abrupt lucidity; the obliteration of intoxication, a sort of steam which has obscured the brain, is dissipated, and makes way for the clear and sharply outlined importunity of realities.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER XXIII—ORESTES FASTING AND PYLADES DRUNK
13  Not the less, however, came this importunately obtrusive sense of change.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In XX.THE MINISTER IN A MAZE
14  After she had unsuccessfully canvassed the town and refused the importuning of many eager Carpetbaggers, she finally decided to take Tommy's suggestion and ask Hugh Elsing.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVIII
15  But the firmness gradually faded away before her incessant importunings and tantrums.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LIX
Example Sentence:
1  Democratic and Republican phone solicitors importune her for contributions so frequently that she decides to give nothing to either party.
2  He tried to hide from his importunate creditors until his allowance arrived.