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[suhp-li-keyt] /ˈsʌp lɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used without object), supplicated, supplicating.
to pray humbly; make humble and earnest entreaty or petition.
verb (used with object), supplicated, supplicating.
to pray humbly to; entreat or petition humbly.
to seek or ask for by humble entreaty.
Origin of supplicate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin supplicātus (past participle of supplicāre to kneel), equivalent to supplic-, stem of supplex submissive, suppliant (see supple) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
supplicatingly, adverb
[suhp-li-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈsʌp lɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
nonsupplicating, adjective
presupplicate, verb (used with object), presupplicated, presupplicating.
unsupplicated, adjective
unsupplicating, adjective
unsupplicatingly, adverb
2. implore, crave, solicit, beseech.
Synonym Study
2. See appeal. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for supplicate
Historical Examples
  • They go down on their knees to their husbands and beg and beseech and supplicate them to have nothing to do with it.

  • But not from Danish nor from Swedish kings will I supplicate that which is mine by right.

    Historic Boys Elbridge Streeter Brooks
  • Rejecting counsel to offer the Koh-i-nr for pious uses, he resolved to supplicate for the acceptance of his life.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • If she be not a mother, you will supplicate her to speak of her potential children.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • Speedily all pour glad libation on the board, and supplicate the gods.

  • Congress could only supplicate the States for money and borrow what it might on its expectations.

    Union and Democracy Allen Johnson
  • Long did we weep and supplicate, and implore the pity of those to whom we owed obedience; they remained inflexible, and we loved!

  • "Your mercy; I supplicate it," she cried in an agonised voice.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • I will supplicate the intelligences of the winds, of the stars, of the waters, and they will hear me.

    The Ruins C. F. [Constantin Francois de] Volney
  • Andrea might writhe and supplicate and despair as he would—in vain.

    The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D'Annunzio
British Dictionary definitions for supplicate


to make a humble request to (someone); plead
(transitive) to ask for or seek humbly
Derived Forms
supplicatory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin supplicāre to beg on one's knees; see supple
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Word Origin and History for supplicate

early 15c., from Latin supplicatus, past participle of supplicare (see supplication). Related: Supplicated; supplicating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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