Synonyms of 'plea'
1 appealDictionary, request, suit
an impassioned plea to mankind to act to save the planet
The government issued a last-minute appeal to him to return.
They agreed to his request for help.
Say a quick prayer I don't get stopped for speeding.
a humble petition to Saint Anthony
They have resisted all entreaties to pledge their support for the campaign.
Many claimed to have been cured as a result of her intercessions.
He raised his arms in a gesture of supplication.
2 suitDictionary, cause, action
We will enter a plea of not guilty.
3 excuseDictionary, claim, defence
He murdered his wife, but got off on a plea of insanity.
There is no excuse for what he did.
a spirited defence of the government's economic progress
The president has given no explanation for his behaviour.
I knew there was no justification for what I was doing.
They wanted a pretext to restart the war.
He called the success a vindication of his party's economic policy.
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To bring a legal action against someone means to bring a case against them in a court of law.
a libel action brought by one of the country's top bureaucrats
An allegation is a statement saying that someone has done something wrong.
The company has denied the allegations.
Thesaurus for plea from the Collins English Thesaurus
A plea is an appeal or request for something, made in an intense or emotional way .