(Sup"pli*ant) a. [F., p. pr. of supplier to entreat, L. supplicare. See Supplicate, and cf.
1. Asking earnestly and submissively; entreating; beseeching; supplicating.
The rich grow suppliant, and the poor grow proud.Dryden.
2. Manifesting entreaty; expressive of supplication.
To bow and sue for graceMilton.
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.Dryden.
(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.Rogers.
(||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.Bacon.
(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.