(Sup"pli*ant) a. [F., p. pr. of supplier to entreat, L. supplicare. See Supplicate, and cf. Supplicant.]

1. Asking earnestly and submissively; entreating; beseeching; supplicating.

The rich grow suppliant, and the poor grow proud.

2. Manifesting entreaty; expressive of supplication.

To bow and sue for grace
With suppliant knee.

Syn. — Entreating; beseeching; suing; begging; supplicating; imploring.

Sup"pli*ant*ly, adv.Sup"pli*ant*ness, n.

(Sup"pli*ant), n. One who supplicates; a humble petitioner; one who entreats submissively.

Hear thy suppliant's prayer.

(Sup"pli*can*cy) n. Supplication. [R.]

(Sup"pli*cant) a. [L. supplicans, p. pr. See Supplicate, and cf. Suppliant.] Entreating; asking submissively. Shak.Sup"pli*cant*ly, adv.

(Sup"pli*cant), n. One who supplicates; a suppliant.

The wise supplicant . . . left the event to God.

(||Sup"pli*cat) n. [L., he supplicates.] (Eng. Universities) A petition; esp., a written one, with a certificate that the conditions have been complied with.

(Sup"pli*cate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Supplicated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Supplicating.] [L. supplicatus, p. p. of supplicare to supplicate; of uncertain origin, cf. supplex, supplicis, humbly begging or entreating; perhaps fr. sub under + a word akin to placare to reconcile, appease or fr. sub under + plicare to fold, whence the idea of bending the knees (cf. Ply, v. t.). Cf. Supple.]

1. To entreat for; to seek by earnest prayer; to ask for earnestly and humbly; as, to supplicate blessings on Christian efforts to spread the gospel.

2. To address in prayer; to entreat as a supplicant; as, to supplicate the Deity.

Syn. — To beseech; entreat; beg; petition; implore; importune; solicit; crave. See Beseech.

(Sup"pli*cate), v. i. To make petition with earnestness and submission; to implore.

A man can not brook to supplicate or beg.

(Sup"pli*ca`ting*ly), adv. In a supplicating manner.

(Sup`pli*ca"tion) n. [F. supplication, L. supplicatio.]

1. The act of supplicating; humble and earnest prayer, as in worship.

2. A humble petition; an earnest request; an entreaty.

3. (Rom. Antiq.) A religious solemnity observed in consequence of some military success, and also, in times of distress and danger, to avert the anger of the gods.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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