- (informal) Present participle of beg the question.
In common usage begging the question is synonymous with circular argument; in formal usage, these are distinct.
In common usage begging the question is synonymous with "raising the question"; in all usages, these are distinct.
"Andrew Parker, the new director general of MI5, should be slower to employ this foolish, self-serving rhetoric, which naively begs a perfectly legitimate question: how should we ensure that those privileged to be granted special powers to intrude into everything that is private, serve a real public interest, rather than the dangerously false god of securitisation for its own sake?"
Quoted from The Guardian of October 15, 2013.