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    Meaning of 'Besought' and a paritcular use

    I know that 'besought' is the past form of 'beseech'. What I need to know is:
    i. what is its meaning and how it used?
    ii. i saw somewhere written: "He is Besought of all" - what is the meaning of this sentence - explain please.

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    Re: Meaning of 'Besought' and a paritcular use

    Quote Originally Posted by abdmlkbd View Post
    I know that 'besought' is the past form of 'beseech'. What I need to know is:
    i. what is its meaning and how it used?
    ii. i saw somewhere written: "He is Besought of all" - what is the meaning of this sentence - explain please.
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    First of all, a warning: No one uses beseech or besought in ordinary conversation anymore. If you were writing a historical novel, you might use it. It's very old. People in Shakespeare's plays did a lot of beseeching, but it hasn't happened much since.

    Second, to beseech (as your dictionary has probably already told you), means to plead, to implore, to beg. It's a verb. So "He is besought of all" doesn't make much sense.

    Can you tell us more? Sometimes we need to see the whole sentence or paragraph.

    And - could the work have been besotted?


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    Re: Meaning of 'Besought' and a paritcular use

    "He" is God/Allah.

    'all' here does not refer to "all the people" but 'all things'

    There is one Allah, and He must we implore, beg, entreat to meet all our needs on Earth.
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    There is one Allah, and it is He whom we implore, beg, entreat to meet all our needs on Earth.

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    Re: Meaning of 'Besought' and a paritcular use

    We beseech thee O Lord.

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    Re: Meaning of 'Besought' and a paritcular use

    Add that to my fund of unapplicable information.

    But, uh - so shouldn't it be "besought by all"?

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    Re: Meaning of 'Besought' and a paritcular use

    I agree 100% with Charlie......first a BIG thanks to Charlie! And believe me - there was my confusion - this is a passive sentence; so why not 'by' - just as Charlie said!
    'Of' completely put me in a confusion....!
    Why is then 'of' being used instead of 'by'? Now this is my question!!!!!!!!!!!!??????

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    Re: Meaning of 'Besought' and a paritcular use

    Quote Originally Posted by abdmlkbd View Post
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    Why is then 'of' being used instead of 'by'? Now this is my question!!!!!!!!!!!!??????
    It's an archaic usage, fossilized in a few expressions (like "beloved of all" = "loved by all".

    "Besought", as Charlie says, is seldom if ever used nowadays. Noel Coward used it to make a rather good rhyme in Nina from Argentina (who wouldn't dance):

    'She refused to Begin the Beguine although they besought her to.
    ...
    She cursed Cole Porter too.'

    But you'll only meet it in that sort of consciously clever writing - or in very old books.

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    Thanks....a lot Bob...! you have really given me a the solution .......and also thanks to all ....!

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    Re: Meaning of 'Besought' and a paritcular use

    Quote Originally Posted by abdmlkbd View Post
    I agree 100% with Charlie......first a BIG thanks to Charlie! And believe me - there was my confusion - this is a passive sentence; so why not 'by' - just as Charlie said!
    'Of' completely put me in a confusion....!
    Why is then 'of' being used instead of 'by'? Now this is my question!!!!!!!!!!!!??????
    Now I'm besotted!

    =O]

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    Re: Meaning of 'Besought' and a paritcular use

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It's an archaic usage, fossilized in a few expressions (like "beloved of all" = "loved by all".

    "Besought", as Charlie says, is seldom if ever used nowadays. Noel Coward used it to make a rather good rhyme in Nina from Argentina (who wouldn't dance):

    'She refused to Begin the Beguine although they besought her to.
    ...
    She cursed Cole Porter too.'


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