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(pronounced ehm-per-TOON)

Don’t confuse this word with “inopportune” because they are two completely different meanings. Importune is a verb that means to annoy, bother or trouble, usually in a demanding or urgent way. You can also use the work in its adjective form — importunate. Don’t confuse this one with “unfortunate.” Importunate means pressingly troublesome.

Example: Everything seems to be going wrong that day, and the architect wondered if every client she had was in conspiracy to importune her with their unfounded concerns.