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  • 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
I beg you, Signore, believe me.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
And he begs that he may come up to you.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Mrs. Ross begged me to come back with you.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
She had begged him to help Gray Cloud, and he had commanded her to be silent.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
But the more we cried and the more we begged for mercy, the harder were the blows mother rained upon poor Leopold's face and head.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
Then the sparrow begged the old man to visit his humble abode, promising to introduce his wife and two daughters.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
Goldenlocks used to beg the King to set Charming free, but that only made things worse.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Then the man saw that it was no joke and begged for mercy.
"Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales" by Anonymous
Give over, I beg of thee!
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
She did not cry, neither did she beg him to spare her.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai

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
This begs the question as to whether a possible route to a covariant definition of M–theory may be sought by studying a (possibly discretized) version of covariant string field theory.
On Second-Quantized Open Superstring Theory
That is not quite a contradiction, but it does beg the question of what provides the cutoff.
Future Summary
Waarneembare is ’n eienskap van ’n fisiese stelsel wat, al is dit bloot in beg insel, gemeet kan word.
Quantum computing (Kwantumberekening)
In this sense, the treatment that begs to be used is York’s “extrinsic time” approach, which conformally rescales the metric decoupling the constraints (24) and (25) and imposing a time-slicing by constant mean curvature surfaces.
Huygens-Fresnel Principle in Superspace
The proliferation of various simple ENM-like models for macromolecular fluctuation begs the question of their relative fidelity and reliability, but no systematic comparison of the methods has been undertaken, to the best of our knowledge.
Protein structural variation in computational models and crystallographic data
These results beg the question: if brown dwarfs form as stars do, where are the earlier, embedded phases.
The Formation of Low-Mass-Protostars and Proto-Brown Dwarfs
This clearly begs the clarification of the origin of the zero modes in the cases with finite densities of vacancies.
Modeling disorder in graphene
It is surprising that a non-dynamical theory, constructed with many assumptions yield such good results and it begs for a better understanding.
Deconfinement and Thermodynamics in 5D Holographic Models of QCD
The existence of the exceptional MESGT begs the question whether there exists a larger theory that can be ”truncated” to both the exceptional MESGT and the maximal supergravity theory .
Lectures on Spectrum Generating Symmetries and U-duality in Supergravity, Extremal Black Holes, Quantum Attractors and Harmonic Superspace
The form of (2.3.7) seems to beg for something on the right for these differential operators to act on.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II