deesis deesis
 de'-e-sis Gk. "an entreating, a calling to witness"
Also sp. deasis
obsecratio, obtestacio
obtestacion, adjuration

An adjuration or calling to witness; or, the vehement expression of desire put in terms of "for someone's sake" or "for God's sake."
  "For God's sake hold your tongue and let me love..."
—John Donne
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  Sources: Sherry (1550) 51 ("deesis," "obtestacio," "obtestacion")

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