• The King Begs Pardon
    The King Begs Pardon
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v beg call upon in supplication; entreat "I beg you to stop!"
    • v beg make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently "Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce","My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"
    • v beg dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted "beg the question","beg the point in the discussion"
    • v beg ask to obtain free "beg money and food"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A begging dog forms a letter J A begging dog forms a letter J
A puppy begs for food from his master who is a coppersmith A puppy begs for food from his master who is a coppersmith
An art critic that has damaged an artist's painting with his pen, begs to not have his art essays cut up An art critic that has damaged an artist's painting with his pen, begs to not have his art essays cut up

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Beg A title of honor in Turkey and in some other parts of the East; a bey.
    • v. i Beg To ask alms or charity, especially to ask habitually by the wayside or from house to house; to live by asking alms. "I can not dig; to beg I am ashamed."
    • Beg To ask earnestly for; to entreat or supplicate for; to beseech. "I do beg your good will in this case.""Joseph begged the body of Jesus."
    • Beg To ask for as a charity, esp. to ask for habitually or from house to house. "Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread."
    • Beg (Old Law) To ask to be appointed guardiln for, or to aso to havo a guardian appointed for. "Else some will beg thee, in the court of wards."
    • Beg To make petition to; to entreat; as, to beg a person to grant a favor.
    • Beg To take for granted; to assume without proof.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • beg To ask for or supplicate in charity; ask as alms.
    • beg To ask for earnestly; crave.
    • beg To ask as a favor; hence, to beseech; entreat or supplicate with humility or earnestness: as, I begged him to use his influence in favor of my friend.
    • beg Synonyms Ask, Request. Beg, etc. (see ask); to pray (for), conjure, petition (for).
    • beg To ask alms or charity; practise begging; live by asking alms.
    • beg In the game of all-fours, to ask of the dealer a concession of one point to be added to one's count. The dealer must either concede the point or deal out three additional cards to each player. Should the suit originally turned as trump appear after this new deal, three, or fewer if so agreed, must be dealt to each until a different trump appears.
    • n beg Same as bey.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Beg beg to ask alms or charity, esp. habitually (with of, from; for, of the thing asked)
    • v.t Beg to ask earnestly: to beseech: to pray: to take for granted what ought to have been proved, esp. in the phrase in logic, 'to beg the question'—the fallacy of the Petitio Principii:—pr.p. beg′ging; pa.p. begged
    • v.t Beg to reduce to beggary: to exhaust or impoverish:
    • adv Beg meanly
    • v.t Beg (fig.) to go beyond the resources of, as of description
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  • Francis Quarles
    “The act is unjustifiable that either begs for a blessing, or, having succeeded gives no thanksgiving.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.”
  • William S. Burroughs
    “Junk is the ideal product... the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy.”
  • Konstantin Stanislavisky
    Konstantin Stanislavisky
    “Create your own method. Don't depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you.”
  • Anatole France
    “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor, to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread.”


Beg the question - In philosophy "to beg the question" is to assume something to be true that has not yet been proved. I have seen the idiom also to mean that a question is crying out to be asked.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. beggen, perh. fr. AS. bedecian,akin to Goth. bedagwa, beggar), biddan, to ask. (Cf. Bid (v. t.)); or cf. beghard, beguin,


In literature:

I begged him to stay, and reproached him for going away so soon after he had come home.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
He offered the pen and held in a convenient manner the new will which would put everything straight, begging his father to sign it.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
However, he walked on, hoping to see a house where he might beg something to eat and drink.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
I beg you to be silent.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
This feeling is not strictly confined to the begging fraternity.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Lucilla, always eager for novelty, and ardent for her new friendship, begged to accompany her.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
In their dying moments they begged him to bury them in their cradle.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Uncle, Uncle; I beg your pardon, but don't speak so loud.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
I've begged and worked.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
I beg the privilege of joining forces with you to escort the ambassadors to your palace.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

However much I nag
However much I beg
It will not let me take
One single thing away:
"Requiem" by Anna Akhmatova
when you are the only
passenger if there is a
place further from me
I beg you do not go
"Morning" by Frank O Hara
When I beg in desperation,
"Eight O Seven Riverside,"
Why do I get "Information"?
Is it justified?
"Christmas Cards" by Franklin Pierce Adams
I dare not ask a kiss,
I dare not beg a smile;
Lest having that, or this,
I might grow proud the while.
"To Electra" by Robert Herrick
How swift, in pure compassion,
How meek in charity,
To offer friendship to the one
Who begged but love of thee!
"After Spanish Proverb" by Dorothy Parker
I've begged to serve Thee heart and soul,
To sacrifice to Thee
No niggard portion, but the whole
Of my identity.
"Last Lines" by Anne Bronte

In news:

Residents affected by typhoon Bopha beg for aid from passing motorists along a highway at Montevista township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Sunday Dec 9, 2012.
He begs, throws tantrums, pouts, refuses to speak to his parents, and the like.
A woman who arrived on the scene moments after Dallas Cowboys Josh Brent and Jerry Brown Jr were in an accident says Brent paced the side of the road until she begged him to intervene as his best friend and teammate screamed for help.
Panhandlers can still beg and dogs can still bark without restrictions in Augusta County.
Grandfather of Aurora victim begs for photos back.
If your pooch is like most, he'll be begging for a treat this holiday period.
A broken, battered 32 year old woman says she begged her husband to stop hurting her the morning of her birthday.
A Jefferson County man might beg to differ.
Michigan State fans beg tailback Le'Veon Bell for 'one more year'.
When we give a man shoes, do we teach him to beg .
Automakers Road Trip to DC to Beg for Cash.
Label says it's 'not a chew toy;' dog would beg to differ.
(AP) — Panhandlers can still beg and dogs can still bark without restrictions in Augusta County.
Gov candidates at 1st debate beg for attention.
The family of missing freelance journalist Austin Tice begged for information at a press conference yesterday in Beirut.

In science:

The percolation threshold can be defined as follows: in the limit ∆1 → +∞, Si will be 0 for all sites with anisotropy ∆1 and our model will be equivalent to a random–diluted BEG model with anisotropy ∆0 and concentration p.
Cluster Variation Approach to the Random-Anisotropy Blume-Emery-Griffiths Model
This expression is very similar to that obtained in the Landau expansion of the Blume-Emery-Griffiths (BEG) model, which was originally invented to describe the superfluid/normal fluid transition in He3 -He4 mixtures .
Amphiphilic Membranes
Ai = tr(Aρ) for a limited set of observables {A} would obviously beg the question.
Decoherence: Basic Concepts and Their Interpretation
This begs the question: how hard is it to implement the quantum exclusive-or gate? Several approaches have been proposed for this purpose.
New Trends in Quantum Computing
Later, a generalization of the BC model was introduced, the Blume-Emery-Griffiths (BEG) model : it has been used to study a rich variety of physical systems, among them 3He-4He mixtures.
Real-Space Renormalization Group Study of the Two-dimensional Blume-Capel Model with a Random Crystal Field