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Definition: To beg the question
, n. [F., fr. L. quaestio, fr. quaerere,
quaesitum, to seek for, ask, inquire. See Quest
1. The act of asking; interrogation; inquiry; as, to examine
by question and answer.
2. Discussion; debate; hence, objection; dispute; doubt; as,
the story is true beyond question; he obeyed without
There arose a question between some of John's
disciples and the Jews about purifying. -- John iii.
It is to be to question, whether it be lawful for
Christian princes to make an invasive war simply for
the propagation of the faith. -- Bacon.
3. Examination with reference to a decisive result;
investigation; specifically, a judicial or official
investigation; also, examination under torture.
He that was in question for the robbery. Shak.
The Scottish privy council had power to put state
prisoners to the question. --Macaulay.
4. That which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query.
But this question asked
Puts me in doubt. Lives there who loves his pain ?
5. Hence, a subject of investigation, examination, or debate;
theme of inquiry; matter to be inquired into; as, a
delicate or doubtful question.
6. Talk; conversation; speech; speech. [Obs.] --Shak.
, in debate; in the course of examination or
discussion; as, the matter or point in question.
. See under Leading
Out of question
, unquestionably. “Out of question, 't is
Out of the question
. See under Out
, beyond question; certainly; undoubtedly;
, a question put to a parliamentary
assembly upon the motion of a member, in order to
ascertain whether it is the will of the body to vote at
once, without further debate, on the subject under
Note: The form of the question is: “Shall the main question
be now put?”
If the vote is in the affirmative, the
matter before the body must be voted upon as it then
stands, without further general debate or the
submission of new amendments. In the House of
Representatives of the United States, and generally in
America, a negative decision operates to keep the
business before the body as if the motion had not been
made; but in the English Parliament, it operates to
postpone consideration for the day, and until the
subject may be again introduced. In American practice,
the object of the motion is to hasten action, and it is
made by a friend of the measure. In English practice,
the object is to get rid of the subject for the time
being, and the motion is made with a purpose of voting
against it. --Cushing.
To beg the question
. See under Beg
To the question
, to the point in dispute; to the real
matter under debate.
Syn: Point; topic; subject.
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Begged
; p. pr. & vb. n.
.] [OE. beggen, perh. fr. AS. bedecian (akin to
Goth. bedagwa beggar), biddan to ask. (Cf. Bid
, v. t.); or
cf. beghard, beguin.]
1. To ask earnestly for; to entreat or supplicate for; to
I do beg your good will in this case. --Shak.
[Joseph] begged the body of Jesus. --Matt. xxvii.
Note: Sometimes implying deferential and respectful, rather
than earnest, asking; as, I beg your pardon; I beg
leave to disagree with you.
2. 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. --Ps. xxxvii.
3. To make petition to; to entreat; as, to beg a person to
grant a favor.
4. To take for granted; to assume without proof.
5. (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.
[1913 Webster] Hence:
To beg (one) for a fool
, to take him for a fool.
I beg to
, is an elliptical expression for I beg leave to;
as, I beg to inform you.
To beg the question
, to assume that which was to be proved
in a discussion, instead of adducing the proof or
sustaining the point by argument.
To go a-begging
, a figurative phrase to express the absence
of demand for something which elsewhere brings a price;
as, grapes are so plentiful there that they go a-begging.
Syn: To Beg
Usage: To ask (not in the sense of inquiring) is the generic
term which embraces all these words. To request is
only a polite mode of asking. To beg, in its original
sense, was to ask with earnestness, and implied
submission, or at least deference. At present,
however, in polite life, beg has dropped its original
meaning, and has taken the place of both ask and
request, on the ground of its expressing more of
deference and respect. Thus, we beg a person's
acceptance of a present; we beg him to favor us with
his company; a tradesman begs to announce the arrival
of new goods, etc. Crabb remarks that, according to
present usage, “we can never talk of asking a
person's acceptance of a thing, or of asking him to do
us a favor.”
This can be more truly said of usage in
England than in America.