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what is the difference between petition and desire?

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updated DIC 29, 2009
posted by bgurl

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Petition=to ask for desire=to want

updated DIC 29, 2009
posted by 002262dd
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A "desire" is what one feels (an emotion) whether expressed or not. a "petition" is one way of expressing a desire.

updated DIC 29, 2009
posted by samdie
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We definitely need context to answer that because petition and desire are not exactly synonyms, though they could be related in certain contexts.

updated DIC 29, 2009
posted by 0074b507
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Similar words, but petition could be used in a legal proceeding, such as a petition for divorce, or to petition the court or to get a petition signed to change a law. It is more formal. In praying, we petition the almighty God. I would not petition my equal or someone in a lower status.

Desire would not be used in a legal context. It is a more personal word.

Maybe a distinction is that, for example, if I desire you to do something, I might be in a position of power. But if I petition you to do something, then you are probably the person in power.

updated DIC 29, 2009
posted by mggabriel
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