beg persistently; plead
I will importune my father to help my brother in his financial difficulties, even though they have refused to talk to each other for many years.
in (into, in, on, upon)#portus (harbour) (Latin)
entreat, importune, solicit, supplicate
Im (not) + portune (fortune). Someone who doesn't have fortune BEGS PERSISTANTLY. Some countries have great misfortune because they have to beg for everything, such as food, electricity, etc. They have to plead to other countries for their necessities.