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[suhp-li-key-shuh n] /ˌsʌp lɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
an act or instance of supplicating; humble prayer, entreaty, or petition.
Origin of supplication
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin supplicātiōn- (stem of supplicātiō). See supplicate, -ion
Related forms
nonsupplication, noun
presupplication, noun Unabridged
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  • And in that they were a supplication he had gained a victory.

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
  • It was not the danger which threatened, that influenced me, not at all that; it was her own supplication.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • At the same time, we are to do it with supplication; we not only may, but we should.

  • Valls read a supplication of curiosity in the eyes of his friend.

    The Dead Command Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • There was such an agony of supplication in her voice and her attitude, that Pascal was touched.

    The Count's Millions Emile Gaboriau
  • To bow the knee was ever since the attitude of supplication.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • Then impetuously she faced him, her eyes searching his, her hands tight clasped, her whole being one of supplication.

    The White Desert Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • Gwymplane with a gesture of supplication implores her to be silent.

    Clair de Lune Michael Strange
British Dictionary definitions for supplication


the act of supplicating
a humble entreaty or petition; prayer
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Word Origin and History for supplication

late 14c., from Old French supplication, from Latin supplicationem (nominative supplicatio), from supplicare "plead humbly" (see supple). In ancient Rome, a religious solemnity, especially in thanksgiving for a victory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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